There are some Hollywood projects that sit in the vault, never to see the light of day. Then there are those that if given the green light you just know it will be a master piece in the making. In this case, we know this to be true with any work from Francis Ford Coppola's, let alone one that he has been sitting on for over two decades. Now it seems his pending work of art in question, Megalopolis is finally in the works settling on a cast.
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What is Megalopolis about?
Looking at the name alone you wouldn't be crazy in thinking this will be a massive production. Described as a contemporary drama focused on “the fate of Rome as it haunts a modern world unable to solve its social problems in an epic story of political ambition, genius, and conflicting interests.” The film has an obscene budget just short of $100 million, which The Godfather director is fronting himself, and will production in the fall.
What is the background of Megalopolis?
Initially, Coppola begun working on the film in the 1980s and even commenced filming in 2001. Given that the movie focussed on New York City following a major disaster, he decided to postpone production following the 9/11 attacks. Now, the time is right for the director to make his magnum opus. In an interview with the THR Coppola explained the timing, “There’s a certain way everyone thinks a film should be, and it rubs against the grain if you have another idea. People can be very unaccepting, but sometimes the other idea represents what’s coming in the future. That is worthy of being considered.”
Who is starring in Megalopolis?
From what we understand, Adam Driver will lead the film, along with a cast of Hollywood legends like Jon Voight, Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker, and Nathalie Emmanuel. No date has been given for release but we expect there should be a lot of buzz leading up to it.
We'll be sure to update as more details of the film emerge, in the meantime if you're looking to indulge in some classic Coppola this weekend take a look at our selection of Robert De Niro films to watch for your mob pleasure.