It has been a protracted, robust highway for Francis Ford Coppola as he is tried to make his ardour challenge, Megalopolis. Solid decisions and monetary backing have come and gone throughout 20 years, however he is held on to the concept and is lastly shut to creating it. Adam Driver, Nathalie Emmanuel, Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne and Jon Voight are main the solid.
That is a shift from final yr, when he got here shut with Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange, with Whitaker and Voight at present the one two holdovers from that final effort.
This is the fundamental logline: “The destiny of Rome haunts a contemporary world unable to unravel its personal social issues on this epic story of political ambition, genius, and conflicting pursuits.”
Speaking to Deadline, Coppola defined a bit of extra: “The idea of the movie is a Roman epic, within the conventional Cecile B. DeMille or Ben-Hur manner, however advised as a contemporary counterpart specializing in America,” he stated. “It’s based mostly on The Catiline Conspiracy, which involves us from historic Rome. This was a well-known duel between a patrician, Catiline (now Driver), and the well-known Cicero, who might be Forest Whitaker. He’s now the beleaguered mayor of New York, throughout a monetary disaster, near the one which Mayor Dinkins had. This story takes place in a brand new Rome, a Roman epic despatched in trendy instances. The time set will not be a particular yr in trendy New York, it’s an impression of recent New York, which I name New Rome.”
The director is taking an enormous threat with this one, pouring thousands and thousands of his personal cash into it (the price range is reportedly near $100 million because it stands proper now), however slightly than looking for income, he is trying to go away behind a strong addition to his legacy. Which, contemplating it already incorporates The Godfather motion pictures and Apocalypse Now, is much from missing.
Taking pictures is scheduled to kick off finally within the autumn. Now we wait. And hope…