The grasp movie director behind “The Godfather,” “Apocalypse Now,” and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” has a status for sinking his personal cash into his tasks, generally with profitable outcomes and different occasions with near-bankruptcy. Now, in a current Deadline interview, Francis Ford Coppola spoke a few long-gestating undertaking that he is prepared to take a position $100 million of his personal cash in if obligatory. And with a net worth of $400 million, Francis might certainly foot the invoice.
The undertaking is named “Megalopolis,” and in a technique or one other Coppola has been engaged on it for many years. Now, issues are lastly beginning to ramp up, and he is even obtained a giant names secured for the solid: Oscar Isaac and Forest Whitaker. Here is how Coppola describes the film:
“The idea of the movie is a Roman epic, within the conventional Cecile B. DeMille or ‘Ben-Hur’ approach, however informed as a contemporary counterpart specializing in America…It is primarily based on the Catiline conspiracy, which involves us from historical Rome. This was a well-known duel between a patrician, Catiline, and that half shall be performed by Oscar Isaac, and the well-known Cicero, who shall be Forest Whitaker. He’s now the beleaguered mayor of New York, throughout a monetary disaster, near the one which Mayor Dinkins had. This story takes place in a brand new Rome, a Roman epic despatched in trendy occasions. The time set will not be a particular 12 months in trendy New York, it is an impression of recent New York, which I name New Rome.”
Sounds nice, but it surely’s additionally not the type of film that media firms are dashing to spend $100-$120 million on as of late. Which is why Coppola says that he is as soon as once more prepared to place up his personal cash to ensure the film will get made — even when he has to place up your complete sum himself:
“I’ve some non-public financiers who need to are available on a companion foundation, and I am prepared to match their funds, if I’ve to…Clearly the extra money I’ve to place up, the extra issues it offers me, however I’m able to doing it. I’m able to going the entire distance if I actually needed to. It will be onerous for me or anybody to place up $100 million to make a utopian dream of a movie, however it isn’t unattainable for that to occur. It has been within the information I simply bought certainly one of my wineries to a different firm. So I am a place the place I haven’t got the cash however I can borrow it. So principally I’m the identical place as I used to be in that Dream Studio interval, the place I need to see the dream come true and I’m not afraid to danger my very own cash to make it occur.”
Coppola famously virtually misplaced his (now extraordinarily profitable) vineyards as a consequence of his monetary entanglements in “Apocalypse Now” (which went on to turn out to be a field workplace smash and fashionable traditional), and practically went bankrupt from his experimental musical “One from the Coronary heart” within the early 80s (which did not). So if he does find yourself having to stake this latest enterprise himself, at the least he has some pertinent expertise.
Placing your individual cash right into a undertaking, particularly one as costly as “Megalopolis,” is a recognized taboo in Hollywood, and it would not occur usually. However clearly Coppola is prepared and able to do it if that is what it takes to get his film accomplished.