The Godfather filmmaker had always had the film on his radar, but other filming commitments always put it on the back burner.
When he finally got around to shooting the film – a sci-fi epic that was written in the 1980s and based on the Catiline Conspiracy – the 9/11 attacks halted production.
Megalopolis follows an upstart architect with dreams of turning the Big Apple into a utopia, but the Mayor has other ideas for the city. The former’s vision doesn’t correspond with the conservative ideals of the politician, who turns to dirty politics and organized crime to try and bury the progressive architect.
Coppola has compared the movie to the works of Fritz Lang and Ayn Rand and revealed that he was inspired by Ancient Roman history.
Speaking to Deadline, Coppola said:
“It has become like a religious war, in that it’s not about anything logical,”
“I think the big news here is that I am still the same as I was 20 years ago or 40 years ago. I’m still willing to do the dream picture, even if I have to put up my own money, and I am capable of putting up $100 million if I have to here. I don’t want to, but I will do it if I have to.”
Should everything go according to plan, he hopes to enter production of Megalopolis in the coming months:
“It is unusual; it will be a production on a grand scale with a large cast. It makes use of all of my years of trying films in different styles and types culminating in what I think is my own voice and aspiration. It is not within the mainstream of what is produced now, but I am intending and wishing and in fact encouraged, to begin production this year.”
According to Deadline, Coppola has Oscar Isaac, Forest Whitaker, Cate Blanchett, Jon Voight, Zendaya, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jessica Lange in his sights for Megalopolis, which he hopes to film in autumn 2022.