Francis Ford Coppola finally read to make ‘Megalopolis’

Love or hate his movie, you have to respect Francis Ford Coppola’s willingness to bet on himself. (Also, how do you hate the guy who made The Godfather, Apocalypse now, and The conversation? He’s had an incredible career.) Coppola went almost self-financed bankrupt One from the heart; after the film (which is a masterpiece) bombed, he spent years paying off his debt.

His financial situation has improved significantly in recent years thanks to the enduring popularity of the classic film (and the lasting popularity of his wine business), and now he says he is ready to invest another large personal fortune in a dream project he has wanted to low for decades. It is called Megalopolis, and Coppola has been hoping to shoot it since around the time of One from the heart. He says today that it can cost between 100 and 120 million dollars to do it – which he will pay for himself if necessary.

Coppola told Deadline:

I think the big news here is that I’m still the same as I was 20 years ago or 40 years ago. I’m still willing to make the dream picture, even if I have to put up my own money, and I’m able to put up $ 100 million if I’m going here. I will not, but I will do it if I have to.

He also described the film as an optimistic vision that updates a classic Roman narrative to modern New York City. Coppola compared the film to Ben-Hur in terms of its epic scope and scope, and says the film will play Oscar Isaac and Forest Whitaker in the two lead roles: a patrician and mayor of New York City, respectively, during a financial crisis. Coppola also noted that he recently sold one of his wineries and therefore he is in a position where I do not have the money but I can borrow them … I want to see the dream come true and I am not afraid to risk my own money to make it happen. ”

It sounds like an incredible and wildly ambitious project and great praise to Coppola for wanting to mount it, possibly with his own money, at the age of 82. It’s hard to imagine that anyone (except maybe Coppola’s heirs) will see this thing happens. Coppola says he hopes to shoot Megalopolis in the fall of 2022.

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