Acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam War epic “Apocalypse Now” is about to be adapted into a video game, and Coppola has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project.
Coppola says he wants to reach a new generation with his story, and the video game medium has matured to the point where it’s able to take on that challenge.
“Forty years ago, I set out to make a personal art picture that could hopefully influence generations of viewers for years to come,” Coppola said in a statement. “Today, I’m joined by new daredevils, a team who want to make an interactive version of ‘Apocalypse Now,’ where you are Captain Benjamin Willard amidst the harsh backdrop of the Vietnam War. I’ve been watching videogames grow into a meaningful way to tell stories, and I’m excited to explore the possibilities for ‘Apocalypse Now’ for a new platform and a new generation.”
The Kickstarter campaign is seeking $900,000 to partially fund the project. The material on the campaign’s Kickstarter page describes the game as “an immersive, psychedelic horror RPG from the creators, designers, directors, writers and producers of Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity, The Witcher, Neverwinter Nights 2, Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, Everquest, DC Universe Online, PlanetSide, PlanetSide 2, Star Wars Galaxies and many more classic games.”
The project is directed by Montgomery Markland, executive produced by Lawrence Liberty and written by Rob Auten.
The campaign also notes: “In order to maintain the creative freedom and integrity that this daring and intense tale demands, the project is being financed outside the traditional video game publishing system.”