“On the eve of his 80th birthday, Francis Ford Coppola is ready to embark on one of his dream projects,” Deadline reports. “He plans to direct ‘Megalopolis,’ a sprawling film as ambitious as ‘Apocalypse Now’ that he has been plotting for many years.”
Mike Fleming reports in the Deadline piece that Coppola revealed the plan to him Wednesday.
“He has his script, and he has begun speaking informally to potential stars,” Fleming reports. “I’ve heard Jude Law’s name among those who might potentially be in the movie.”
Fleming, who says he viewed some of the second-unit footage for the project in Cannes years ago, reports that “the film is set in New York and is an architect’s attempt to create a utopia in the city, combated by the mayor. Fleming notes that the terror attacks of 9/11 caused the project to grind to a halt.
Fleming quotes Coppola saying: “So yes, I plan this year to begin my longstanding ambition to make a major work utilizing all I have learned during my long career, beginning at age 16 doing theater, and that will be an epic on a grand scale, which I’ve titled ‘Megalopolis.’ It is unusual; it will be a production on a grand scale with a large cast. It makes use of all of my years of trying films in different styles and types culminating in what I think is my own voice and aspiration. It is not within the mainstream of what is produced now, but I am intending and wishing and in fact encouraged, to begin production this year.”
Click on the link above to Deadline for more quotes from Coppola, who also discusses his recent project “Apocalypse Now: Final Cut.”