To promote the release of five of his films on Blu-ray, Francis Ford Coppola has given an interview to Entertainment Weekly and has, thankfully, opened up a little since our last exchange with the man.
The new chat’s big revelation is that he’s somewhere found:
a secret investor that has infinite money.
Sounds like one of the Ellisons to me.
Coppola says very little about the film he’s planning to spend this river of money on:
My story is set in New York. I have a first draft. I’m really ready for a casting phase. Movies are big in proportion to the period. It starts in the middle of the ‘20s, and there are sections in the ‘30s and the late ‘40s, and it goes until the late ‘60s.
I can’t help but wonder if this is Megalopolis, or some variant thereof. That project hasn’t been discussed for a long time, but when it was, it was usually called “futuristic” – leading many to assume it was set in the future. But that’s wrong – the idea was for it to be set in “modern New York.”
At the same time, the film was also set to be rich in retro-references. Here’s a quote attributed to Coppola that describes his one time plans for the picture:
It deals… with the idea that the future world we’re going to live in is being negotiated today… It’s kind of a shape-of-things-to-come film in which the characters are concerned with artists, businessmen, proletariat all having a stake in the future but very few of them having a hand in what it’s going to be like. It’s a little bit like an Ayn Rand novel.
Does sounds like a story that might be better suited to a four decade sweep through the earlier part of the 20th Century, should Coppola just decide to re-time it.
So, I’m just guessing here, but I think this new, mysterious film could at least be related to Megalopolis.
Either way, Coppola has found a backer with buckets of gold. What ensues next simply can’t fail to be entertaining.