Entertainment NewsFrancis Ford Coppola's 'Megalopolis': A 40-Year Project with a Hefty Price Tag

Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’: A 40-Year Project with a Hefty Price Tag


Key Takeaways:

– Acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola has been working on his newest project, ‘Megalopolis,’ for over 40 years.
– The film’s production and budget of $120 million, from Coppola’s own pocket, make it difficult for a studio to commit to it.
– Filming ceased due to a real-life tragedy in 2001 closely mirroring the plot.
– Despite the setbacks, Coppola looks forward to a premiere at Cannes Film Festival, hoping to attract interested studios.

Veteran director Francis Ford Coppola, known worldwide for his blockbuster franchise, The Godfather, is currently struggling to secure a studio partnership for his latest project. The film, titled ‘Megalopolis,’ comes with a robust budget that seems to deter studios from collaboration. According to a recent report by FandomWire, the film has been in the works for over 40 years, proving to be one of Coppola’s biggest ambitious ventures.

Coppola’s Grand Vision Turns Sour

‘Megalopolis’ had been Coppola’s dream project that started taking shape back in 1983. It portrays the narrative of an advanced city’s struggle to regain its footing following a catastrophic event. Two architects compete with their visions for the city’s rejuvenation, incorporating elements of ancient Roman architecture into the narrative.

However, the production of ‘Megalopolis’ has been nothing short of an arduous journey. The Hollywood Reporter discloses how the film faced recurrent hurdles both physically and indirectly throughout the production, making the wait for its release drag on for decades. The movie, funded personally by Coppola with around $120 million, is currently in a precarious state due to high production costs and the inability to find a committed studio.

Why Has ‘Megalopolis’ Taken 40 Years to Make?

Coppola’s narrative closely mirrored the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. Given the story’s similar nature, the director had no option but to halt the production for a much-needed break.

The staggering budget is another cause for alarm among potential collaborators. A source quoted by The Hollywood Reporter stated, “Coppola assumed a studio would quickly agree to a colossal P&A spend of around $40 million domestically and $80 million to $100 million globally.”

Reality Reveals an Expensive Deterrent

In reality, the high expenditure on the film unnerves potential studios. The current market scenario and the movie’s lengthy time in production contribute to the hesitation in engaging with this project.

The unique plot, high production costs, and delayed timeline have clouded the future for Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis.’ Reports suggest the film is banked on a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, which hopefully could spark the interest of willing studios.

The final product remains entangled in uncertainties, hindered by these existing challenges. Despite the roadblocks, fans are hopeful for a resolution for ‘Megalopolis,’ reaffirming their trust and admiration for the revered director’s awe-inspiring filmmaking capabilities.

There is currently no clear timeline or roadmap for an official release. As the world eagerly anticipates the journey of ‘Megalopolis,’ only time will reveal the fate of this costly marvel birthed in the brilliant mind of Francis Ford Coppola.

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