Francis Ford Coppola is going big with "Megalopolis"
Writer: Heidi Hsia
When the director of 'The Godfather' trilogy asks if you wanna be in his film,
2 Sep – After decades of planning, it was revealed that noted and award-winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola is finally ready to make his great big comeback movie, "Megalopolis".
The 82 year-old filmmaker is going big with the new film that he calls his "dream project", with the whole thing costing between USD 100 million to USD 120 million, and starring a star-studded cast.
Among those said to have been in discussion with Coppola include Oscar Isaac, Forest Whitaker, Cate Blanchett and Jon Voight, while the filmmaker reportedly is seeking Zendaya, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange as well.
Coppola reportedly has contacted Oscar Isaac for a role
... and Cate Blanchett too
He will also be reuniting with James Caan, who played Sonny Corleone in Coppola's biggest movie, "The Godfather".
"It has become like a religious war, in that it's not about anything logical," Coppola said in an interview with Deadline. "I think the big news here is that I am still the same as I was 20 years ago or 40 years ago. I'm still willing to do the dream picture, even if I have to put up my own money, and I am capable of putting up $100 million if I have to here. I don't want to, but I will do it if I have to."
Coppola is also aiming for the movie, which he had written in the 1980s, to be released in the fall of 2022.
James Caan who played the hot-headed Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather"
will reportedly reunite with the director as well
Francis Ford Coppola with his daughter Sofia, who played
Mary Corleone in the third instalment of 'The Godfather"
"I don't have all my cast approved, but I have enough of them to have confidence that it is going to be a very exciting cast. The picture's going to cost between $100 million and $120 million. Needless to say, I hope it's closer to $100 million. I'm prepared to match some outside financing, almost dollar for dollar. In other words, I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is," he added.
Cinema Online, 02 September 2021
Coppola's last feature film was "Twixt" in 2011, but the director is known for many other critical hits like "Apocalypse Now", "Bram Stoker's Dracula", and "The Rainmaker".