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Coppola is a master at twisting big projects. And his ambitious science fiction ‘Megalopolis’ is on the same path

It’s a phrase that’s been repeated among moviegoers for decades: Francis Ford Coppola is a wretch. Or, at least, a director who attracts storm clouds to his shoots. Conflicting, temperamental, wasteful…a nightmare for producers Due to its megalomaniacal ambition, which often yields impeccable artistic results, but leaves behind a trail of traumatized actors and technicians.

Granted, he’s the director of the highly regarded “Godfather” trilogy, but also the director of “Hunch,” which is remembered as one of the biggest financial disasters in film history, or “Cotton Club,” another Box Contrasted with the Office film and the collaboration it required with an endless list of producers to finance it. The filming of ‘Apocalypse Now’ is famous because it was miraculous that it ended without casualties, and there are documentaries that describe a creative process that was Vietnam itself. And ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ was a box office success but feared an all-out apocalyptic failure due to its excessive ambition during filming. His production company Zoetrope has declared bankruptcy three times.

All that seems to have been forgotten, as Coppola has found financing for a new and terrible (financially, it is understood) project. it’s about ‘megalopolis’, Not a brand new idea: Coppola has been trying to get it on its feet for at least forty years, It is a personal project that the director had in the eighties, but which he was forced to shelve. Films such as ‘Jack’, ‘Legitimate Defense’ and ‘Dracula’ were the only commissions he was accepting as a way to raise money to get his projects up and running.

At the beginning of this century, everything was indicating that Coppola might start making films. Actors such as Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Newman, and Nicolas Cage were on board, and the director shot some thirty hours of second unit footage to use in the film, but then the 9/11 attacks happened. The project returned to the sleep of the judge.

Finally, and already with 83 years, Coppola decided to reactivate the project in 2019, keeping the necessary budget entirely out of pocket.$120 million, which he partially paid for by selling part of his wine business based in Northern California. The reason for this budget is the use of state-of-the-art technology like the LED volume that we have seen in ‘The Mandalorian’ and which will provide us with spectacular images of the title of the futuristic city without any need. to make a set.

And what do we know about the plot?

Little: ‘Megalopolis’ tells the story of an aspiring architect who seeks to redesign New York to modernize it after a disaster that has destroyed it (after the 9/11 attacks following a conspiracy to cripple it) from details). A powerful mayor will oppose him, though his daughter, with whom the architect has a passionate relationship, will help him get the project off the ground.

And there’s already a cast full of A-list names for the film: Adam Driver, Forest Whitaker, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jon Voight, Laurence Fishburne, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Shia LaBeouf, Talia Shire, and Dustin Hoffman are just a few. cast. They have flown to Atlanta to film this sci-fi epic. But of course, how could it be otherwise, under the leadership of François Ford Coppola, there are problems.

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The Hollywood Reporter recently reported, via multiple sources, that the production designer (Beth Miquel) and art supervisor (David Scott) were kicked out of the production due to the sheer chaos on set. And they’re only the tip of the iceberg: In December the special effects team headed by Mark Russell, a seasoned technician whose credits include ‘Minority Report’, ‘Hidden Fate’ or ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ (which three decades ago was ‘Bram Stoker’ ‘Dracula’, where Coppola also fired his effects team).

Obviously, All these abandonments and layoffs have caused the budget to skyrocket and production to a halt, and media sources say it is unclear when filming will return to normal. For the time being, it looks like the expensive LED volume may have been abandoned and production re-oriented towards more traditional special effects like simple chroma.

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Coppola’s answer was not long in coming: in an interview for Deadline, he assured that “I adore my cast, I believe what I see every day, I shoot within deadlines and budgets.” I’m in. That’s what matters to me.” Adam Driver added: “The atmosphere Francis created is one of focus and inspiration. So far, we’re on schedule, and it’s honestly one of the best shooting experiences I’ve ever had.” Used to be.” It could just be damage control, or it could be true, but one thing’s for sure: If we follow Coppola tradition, this whole soap opera thing might be way more fun to follow than the movie itself.

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