As much as he is a director marked by a history of difficult productions, Francis Ford Coppola denies that this is the case with Megalopolis. The upcoming film by the octogenarian filmmaker began filming in November 2022, with financing from Coppola himself. and although The Hollywood Reporter released an article this week describing a chaotic situation on set, it didn’t take long for the veteran filmmaker to deny it, stating that the project couldn’t be in better shape.
But what was it based on? THR to report the alleged crisis in Megalopolis? On the one hand, the outlet learned that the film had been left without an art department, which was true to a certain degree. In interview with Deadline, Coppola acknowledged that said staff left the project due to creative differences. However, the film already has a new production designer, who is Bradley Rubin (The Mandalorian, Westworld), apparently at the head of a new team more in tune with the director’s vision.
Regarding the drastic changes in the visual effects area, which took place at the beginning of December 2022, the legendary filmmaker also denied that they were an indicator of chaos or financial problems. According to DeadlineCoppola decided that the visual effects of Megalopolis were resolved in a different way than how he had originally planned. They would no longer be used during filming, but until post-production. Hence, certain original members of the production team were replaced with others that would work better based on the new technical requirements.
“It was basically about managing costs,” Coppola added. “Those reports never say who the sources are, but I tell them to wait and see. Because it’s a beautiful film and above all because the cast is stupendous”.
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The filmmaker behind The Godfather Y apocalypse now assured that the budget of $100 million dollars for Megalopolis has not been fired. He also guaranteed that production deadlines are being met and that the cast of the film could not be more perfect. This is made up of great stars such as Adam Driver, Forest Whitaker, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jon Voight, Laurence Fishburne, Aubrey Plaza and Shia LaBeouf, among others.
“I have never enjoyed working with a cast that is so dedicated and willing to look for the unconventional, to come up with hidden solutions. It’s exciting to work with these actors,” Coppola told Deadline. “And the photography is everything I could hope for. The material that we film daily is great. So if we meet the deadlines, and I love the actors and the look is great, I don’t know what they’re talking about here.”
Steeped in philosophical musings and epic attributes, Megalopolis It has been described as a love story where, in addition, it is intended to rebuild a devastated city as a utopia.
“I am interested in having it released in theaters and in IMAX theaters. I am excited by the possibility that, for the first time in history, a film can be released on the same day all over the world. And that is my goal, ”added the director in his recent statements.
Francis Ford Coppola maintains that the filming of Megalopolis it will conclude in the spring of 2023. His plan is to find a distributor until he has the finished product so that it can speak for itself, without depending on rumors.
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