Francis Ford Coppola responds to ‘Megalopolis’ filming rumors

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Francis Ford Coppola isn’t going to reinvent the wheel when it comes to his approach to directing, even if that means replacing a few crew members. News of a rocky production is perhaps unsurprising; the documentary hearts of darkness highlighted the chaotic production of Revelation now, during which Coppola feared the film would be a “failure” due to its many problems. Now, with his latest film, Megalopolis — with Adam Driver, Forest Whitaker, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jon Voight, Laurence Fishburne, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Shia LaBeouf, Chloe Fineman, and more – Coppola may be living a Apocalypse now–like deja vu with his passion project. Coppola himself, however, denies reports of problems on set. “I love my cast, I love what I get every day, I stay on schedule and on budget, and that’s what’s important to me,” he told Deadline. The film would be about a woman in New York who is divided by her loyalty to her traditional father and her progressive partner.

Coppola is financing the $120 million film himself through his thriving wine and hotel business, something he’s been considering for some time, although this isn’t the first time he’s independently financed several of his own films. , notably Youth without youth, Dark, and Twixt. But putting all your eggs in one basket might not be the best idea, especially with a hurricane brewing. Below is a developing story about Coppola’s production Megalopolis.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, several key members of the film’s creative and production team were cut from the project. Production designer Beth Mickle and supervising art director David Scott reportedly left production last week, leaving the film without an art department. A spokesperson for the Art Directors Guild said THR that it is “currently reviewing the situation” to “determine next steps”. Coppola would try to replace their positions.

As for the visual effects team, Coppola reportedly fired most of its members in early December, including In the heights“Marc Russel. The production is reportedly moving to more green screen effects due to budget constraints.

Coppola himself is ready to acknowledge the turnover, as is Driver. “Yeah, it’s true that the art department quit and the visual effects were fired,” Driver told Deadline. “Not all departments find cohesion on the films and rather than suffer and make decisions that leave a lasting impression on the film, people quit, get fired or part ways. It’s unfortunate when that happens, but this production is not paid for compared to other productions; especially to the point that it deserves an article about us descending into chaos. This characterization is incorrect.

But while those departments have stepped down, Coppola and his cast are doing extremely well. “I’ve never worked on a movie where I was so happy with the cast,” the director told Deadline. “I’m so happy with the look and that we’re so on schedule. These reports never say who these sources are. To them I say, ha ha, wait and see. Because it’s a beautiful film and above all because the cast is brilliant. I’ve never enjoyed working with such a hard-working cast that is so eager to seek out the unconventional, to find hidden solutions. It’s a pleasure to work with these actors and the photography is all I could hope for. The newspapers are excellent. So if we’re on schedule, and I like the actors and the look is awesome, I don’t know what we’re talking about here.

If you’re asking if it’s a stressful movie for everyone involved, then yes, probably. But if you’re wondering if this will be a breakthrough blockbuster movie, only time will tell. I hope someone has a camera running behind the scenes for a hearts of darkness moment.

This post has been updated.

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