Francis Ford Coppola Self-Funded Sci-Fi Epic Megalopolis

Coppola’s latest passion project is a “Roman Epic fable set in an imagined Modern America”.

Francis Ford Coppola has revealed the first look at Megalopolis, his self-funded sci-fi epic starring Adam Driver, Giancarlo Esposito, Nathalie Emmanuel, Aubrey Plaza, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Voight, Laurence Fishburne, Talia Shire, Jason Schwartzman, Kathryn Hunter, Grace VanderWaal, Chloe Fineman, James Remar, D.B. Sweeney, and Dustin Hoffman.

“Megalopolis” Teaser Trailer

Megalopolis marks Coppola’s first directorial effort in 13 years. Known for films such as The GodfatherApocalypse Now, and The Outsiders, he last directed Twixt in 2011.

This is a film decades in the making. Coppola financed the $100 million film himself supposedly by selling his winery in California. The film is set to premiere at Cannes in May 2024, but has yet to secure a US release. According to interviews with Coppola he would ideally want to release the film in theater and all other platforms all at once. Not sure however if that will be possible do to some of the platforms restrictions.

Megalopolis is described as “a Roman Epic fable set in an imagined Modern America. The City of New Rome must change, causing conflict between Cesar Catilina, a genius artist who seeks to leap into a utopian, idealistic future, and his opposition, Mayor Franklyn Cicero, who remains committed to a regressive status quo, perpetuating greed, special interests, and partisan warfare. Torn between them is socialite Julia Cicero, the mayor’s daughter, whose love for Cesar has divided her loyalties, forcing her to discover what she truly believes humanity deserves.”

The film has a very stylized look thanks to it’s unique art design and cinematogrpahy.

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