“Sometimes it goes too far. He’s the first to admit it.” phrase, one of the simplest and most powerful about the crazy crownfrom el kurtz Apocalypse Now! may also serve to describe Francis Ford Coppola, The director of the most influential film in the history of cinema, who once again It seems that his passion has led to disaster.
Exclusive Media According to an article published this week in The Hollywood Reporter, filming MetropolitanThe 83-year-old filmmaker’s most recent film is a disaster of at least financial proportions, with a budget that far exceeded initial plans and the defection of the entire art and design team during filming. Coppola invested $120 million of his fortune in the film, an extraordinary sum of money that he raised from the sale of his famous vineyard. and although a The unwritten but fundamental rule of Hollywood is never to bet your money on a productionIt is known, this is not the first time that the director Saint decides to break that mandate, nor does doing so end up with chaotic results.
As well as Coppola was wasted in the 80s for financing through his production company Zoetrope ? ambitious music punch in the heart, and scared off most of its investors in the middle of production cotton club -which has not been available on digital platforms for decades due to complex legal consequences-, The filmmaker is now in the middle of shooting his biggest project in years and has decided to sack the heads of the art departmentwhose teams abandoned the film in solidarity with their seniors, all of whom were appalled by the director’s working style.
He said, “There is a consensus on what the film should be and when you have different views it bothers a lot of people. People can be very conservative but sometimes those new ideas represent the future. And for that reason they’re worth considering,” Coppola said a few months ago in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter to explain his decision to self-finance. Metropolitan, his new long-delayed project. It is that already in the 80s the director started developing a script with epic pretensions about an architect who plans to rebuild a utopian version of New York after the city is destroyed by a disaster. was making. Over the years, the director had to archive the film, which returned in the early 2000s to gain strength, To the point that around September 2001 they began filming some scenes in the Big Apple, work that had to be suspended at the end of the attacks on the Twin Towers.
By 2019, when many believed Coppola had definitively abandoned the idea of filming MetropolitanHe assured that the project was still standing. Although he had not directed any film since 2011, when he made the film in the hands of, a police drama with gothic airs in which the director intended to test a “live” version format in which he was going to play a role similar to that of an orchestra conductor—this was the profession of his father, Carmine—, adjusting the scene each time. The film was shown. An aspiration as iconoclastic as impractical resulted in the flimsy circulation of that film.
However, against all odds, Filming to begin in 2022 Metropolitan and the actors who would become part of his great cinematographic epic. among them were famous interpreters like adam driverNathalie Emmanuel, Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Jon Voight, Talia Shire, Shia LabeoufAudrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman y Dustin Hoffman, The idea with which filming began in Atlanta – a location chosen for tax benefits offered by the state of Georgia and not precisely because of its similarity to New York – was use the virtual production technology used in the mandalorian, something that, according to sources cited in the THR note, could not be done because of the very high cost involved in launching it. a change of direction that meant using the old and well-known “green screen” for many of the visual effects that required The story led to layoffs and subsequent riots that jeopardized the entire production, which has already passed more than eight weeks of filming.
of course it is This is not the first time Coppola has dismissed his entire art department over “insoluble creative differences”. i already did it for filming of DraculaHis last major box office success came in 1992. Thirty years ago, the director, with the help of his son Roman, appealed to the use of traditional visual effects (optics) to bring the powers of history’s most famous vampire to life on screen. a resource that is currently as scarce as it is clearly insufficient for what he had planned to film They described themselves as “science fiction epics”.
At this point, and with complete silence from the making of the film, it is not clear what will happen Metropolitan, Although experts in Hollywood intricacies and maneuvers assure Coppola will finish the film, it is certain that it will cost far more than he planned. to the director of Apocalypse Now!, A few million or so and the animosity of all the art departments in the industry probably doesn’t even count as obstacles. To complete my new job. What was said: “Sometimes it goes too far. He’s the first to admit it.”