The master film director behind “The Godfather,” “Apocalypse Now,” and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” has a reputation for sinking his own money into his projects, sometimes with lucrative results and other times with near-bankruptcy. Now, in a recent Deadline interview, Francis Ford Coppola spoke about a long-gestating project that he’s willing to invest $100 million of his own money in if necessary. And with a net worth of $400 million, Francis could indeed foot the bill.
The project is known as “Megalopolis,” and in one way or another Coppola has been working on it for decades. Now, things are finally starting to ramp up, and he’s even got a big names secured for the cast: Oscar Isaac and Forest Whitaker. Here’s how Coppola describes the movie:
“The concept of the film is a Roman epic, in the traditional Cecile B. DeMille or ‘Ben-Hur’ way, but told as a modern counterpart focusing on America…It’s based on the Catiline conspiracy, which comes to us from ancient Rome. This was a famous duel between a patrician, Catiline, and that part will be played by Oscar Isaac, and the famous Cicero, who will be Forest Whitaker. He is now the beleaguered mayor of New York, during a financial crisis, close to the one that Mayor Dinkins had. This story takes place in a new Rome, a Roman epic sent in modern times. The time set is not a specific year in modern New York, it’s an impression of modern New York, which I call New Rome.”
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