Yes, Francis Ford Coppola is still alive. The legendary director of The Godfathertrilogy is already 83 years young, but there is no question of stopping yet. Only his self-financed film threatens Megalopolis, starring Adam Driver, turned out to be a huge multi-million dollar flop. “Complete madness”, it sounds from the set.
Less than a year ago, everything seemed to be running smoothly. The passion project lingered for nearly two decades, but after using his own funds, Francis Ford Coppola found a way to start producing Megalopolis to start. The director of The Godfather even sold his beloved northern California vineyards to finance the film.
But the original budget of 120 million dollars turned out to be more than insufficient. Despite Megalopolis does not yet have a film distributor, the recordings are already halfway. But according to a source of the usually well-entered The Hollywood Reporter it is unclear whether production can continue as planned.
Madness on the set of Megalopolis
Megalopolis revolves around an architect who tries to rebuild New York as a utopia after a disaster. Francis Ford Coppola is said to have initially used a new kind of virtual production technology for the project, similar to the special effects in The Mandalorians. But because the challenges and the costs of this approach kept increasing, the director prefers to count on a less expensive, more traditional approach. green screen-approach.
In fact, the entire VFX team has been unceremoniously fired. There isn’t even an art department left after some key figures left it due to artistic differences. One of the fired people even said he was relieved to no longer have to work with the man: “It was really complete madness on the set.”
Cast full of very expensive stars
Just like before The Godfather and Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola nevertheless gathered an absolute star cast for Megalopolis. Adam Driver, Audrey Plaza, Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Shia LaBeouf and Dustin Hoffman, among others, lend their talents to the film. Is there a way back then?
“There is no right answer,” says a production manager. “Coppola is going to spend a lot more money than he planned. You can imagine how much he has already invested. It would be a very bitter pill not to finish it.” In any case, the director is currently busy hiring new staff. When his intellectual brainchild will see the light is not yet known.
Responses from Francis Ford Coppola and Adam Driver
Francis Ford Coppola himself has now explained the rumors around Megalopolis. And of dissatisfaction among the crew, according to the Godfatherspirit father no question.
“I’ve never worked on a movie where I was so happy with the cast,” Coppola said. “I am also happy that we are on schedule. These news reports never say who the sources are. To them I say: haha, wait and see. Because Megalopolis is a wonderful film in the first place because the cast is so great. I’ve never enjoyed working so much with a cast that works so hard and is so willing to look for the unconventional, for hidden solutions. It’s a thrill to work with these actors and the photography is everything I could hope for. So I don’t know where The Hollywood Reporter talking about.”
Also Adam Driver, Hollywood chouchou and star in Megalopolis, it is difficult to swallow the negative news. “Yes, it is true that the art department resigned and the VFX team was fired. Not all departments find cohesion in movies and instead of persevering and making decisions that leave a lasting impression on the movie, people resign or break up. It’s a shame when it happens. But this production has not gotten out of hand; certainly not to the point where it deserves an article about us falling into chaos. That characterization is pertinently incorrect.”
Should Megalopolis turn out to be a flop, fortunately we can go back to the impressive oeuvre of Francis Ford Coppola. By the way, did you know that The Godfather is now also available in 4K?
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