Francis Ford Coppola edges closer to Megalopolis

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It looks like Francis Ford Coppola will finally get to make Megalopolis.

Francis Ford Coppola is one of those filmmakers with a career built on defying expectations. From the unlikely counter-cultural success of his production company American Zoetrope back in the 60s and 70s, to his decision to eschew mainstream filmmaking for the last two decades, the maverick director has forged a career out of making bold choices.

Happily, that looks set to continue as Deadline is reporting that Coppola has signed  with talent agency CAA to bring Megalopolis, his long-gestating magnum opus to the screen.

A New York-based epic drama about a master architect’s dream to build a utopian city, Coppola’s dream project was announced earlier this year, but has taken a significant step forwards with the CAA deal, meaning we can expect to hear distribution and casting details at some point soon. Jude Law is already rumoured to be in talks to star.

Whilst not fully banishing himself to his garage to return to making experimental movies (like his American Zoetrope co-founder George Lucas famously claimed he would do  after being stung by criticism over the Star Wars prequels), Coppola has spent the last few years tinkering with The Cotton Club and Apocalypse Now which he re-released into cinemas this year, and has announced plans to recut The Godfather Part III. Whilst that in itself is interesting indeed, we’re glad that one of cinema’s leading lights is gearing up for another run at greatness with fresh material.

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