Megalopolis: Francis Ford Coppola will shoot the movie of his dreams with revolutionary technology

The filmmaker will soon film Adam Driver, Forest Whitaker, Jon Voight, Nathalie Emmanuel, Laurence Fishburne, Shia LaBeouf…

After years of preparation, Francis Ford Coppola. finally getting ready to turn Megalopolis, his enormous film recounting the creation of a utopian city following a tragic catastrophe. Working on this project for more than 20 years, the director of Godfather and D’Apocalypse Now attempted to shoot it several times, but budget issues prevented him from doing so. Until he decided to invest over $100 million himself in Megalopolisa large sum that allowed him to formalize the project.

Megalopolis: Francis Ford Coppola bets his fortune to finance his legendary project

The filming of Megalopolis is thus planned from November 2022 to March 2023, in the State of Georgia, in the United States. Precisely within the Trilith studios, which, associated with Prysm, provide directors with a revolutionary technology: Volume. A gigantic screen system, made up of LEDs, which is capable of projecting sets all around the actors so that they are more immersed in the atmosphere of the scenes to be shot. Controlled by computer, this process makes it possible to set these sets in motion, while associating them with lighting and cameras specially designed to create the most realistic universe possible. “I love working with Prysm and Trilith“, comments Coppola in the press release relayed by Colliderspecifying that it will also use more classic visual effects. “That way, I will have one foot in the past and one in the future”, laughs the 83-year-old filmmaker. This Volume technology is increasingly used in Hollywood, in particular by Disney for the series Star Wars (The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi…).

For Megalopolis, Francis Ford Coppola surrounds himself with an impressive cast: Adam Driver, Forest Whitaker, Jon Voight, Nathalie Emmanuel, Laurence Fishburne, Shia LaBeouf, Kathryn Hunter, Grace Vanderwaal and James Remar will meet there. He also hired his own sister, Talia Shire and her son (the director’s nephew), Jason Schwartzman. A handful of names have also been mentioned without being confirmed for the moment: Jessica Chastain, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zendaya and Jessica Lange. On the other hand, Oscar Isaac, who was approached for a role, denied his involvement in the project, which does not yet have a release date.

Here’s how Coppola presented Megalopolis in the summer of 2021, when Oscar Isaac was attached to the lead role (which will eventually be played by Adam Driver: “It’s a peplum, in the traditional style of Cecile B. DeMille or Ben Hur, but located in the present day and centered in America. It’s based on the conjuration of Catiline (a political plot that marked the history of Rome, editor’s note), which comes from ancient Rome. It was a famous duel between a patrician, a role to be played by Oscar Isaac, and the famous Cicero, who will be played by Forest Whitaker. He will be the cornered mayor of New York, in the midst of a financial crisis. The story does not take place in a specific era, it is a vision of modern New York, which I call New Rome“.

Adam Driver will carry the cast of Megalopolis, the crazy project of Francis Ford Coppola

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