As Gus Fring, Giancarlo Esposito was one of the most exceptional villains in television history for Breaking Bad. He has kept up that bad guy tradition in The Mandalorian and The Boys. Now he has joined the all-star cast of Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis.
Megalopolis is halfway through production in Atlanta and New York. Not a lot is known about the movie outside of the official synopsis:
“The fate of Rome haunts a modern world unable to solve its own social problems in this epic story of political ambition, genius, and dangerous love.”
The story is set in New York, and a woman is divided between loyalties to her father, who has a classical view of society, and her lover, who is more progressive and ready for the future. It is a long-gestating passion project for Coppola that he was forced to postpone after 9/11, as New York was basically a character in the movie.
There is no word on the time setting, other than that it is a sci-fi.
In reality a a megalopolis or a supercity, also called a megaregion, is a group of metropolitan areas which have blended together to be perceived as a continuous urban area linked with common systems of transport, economy, resources, and ecology.
They are governed by an integrated policy, while the constituent parts keep their individual identities. Real-world examples include the Rio De Janeiro and Sau Paulo metro area and, in Asia, the Java Megapolis. This contains the Jakarta metropolitan area, Surabaya metropolitan area, Bandung metropolitan area, Semarang metropolitan area, Yogyakarta, Malang, Surakarta, and Cirebon and is home to 148 million people.
The megalopolis concept is attractive to those with an eye on urban patterns and growth, and seen as part of the drive by the influential to encourage more and more people to live in cities where they claim it is easier to provide services.
Too much megalomaniacal and God-complex thinking in this arena then tips over into concepts like “15 minute cities” and the kind of Chinese social control that has certain sections of the Western establishment licking their lips in anticipation.
Given a sci-fi angle, you might be able to see where Coppola is going with this.
The cast is incredibly impressive. Esposito joins Adam Driver, Forest Whitaker, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jon Voight, Laurence Fishburne, Aubrey Plaza, Shia LaBeouf, Chloe Fineman, Kathryn Hunter, Dustin Hoffman, DB Sweeney, Talia Shire, Jason Schwartzman, Bailey Ives, Grace Vanderwaal, and James Remar.
Coppola wrote the script for Megalopolis and is financing the movie himself. There were rumors the $100 million budget is growing larger, but the movie remains on schedule. Are we going to get the Apocalypse Now of dystopian movies?