Francis Ford Coppola’s “Megalopolis” packaging production
The film was plagued with reports of mayhem, which led to the film’s star, Adam Driver, turning it down.
Filming has been completed on director Francis Ford Coppola’s latest film, Megalopolis, an epic starring Adam Driver. The film announced the news about the production package with a new one Instagram drawer, and a photo of a truly mega-sized pinboard with the movie’s title on it.
It puts its stamp on the hopefully no-longer-dramatic film, which was reported back in January by media reports that the shoot had fallen into disarray following the departure of many of the film’s key creative talents. But Coppola and Driver both vehemently denied that report, releasing media statements that painted “Megalopolis” as one of the finest experiences of Driver’s career. “Apocalypse Now” wasn’t it, they argued.
“Everything is good here! Not sure which set you’re talking about! I don’t recognize this! I’ve been on sets that have been chaotic and this is far from it,” Driver said in a statement to IndieWire in January after the first report. The environment Francis has created is one of focus and inspiration. We’re on schedule right now, going about our days, and honestly, it’s been one of the best shooting experiences I’ve ever had.”
It wasn’t even Driver’s last word on the matter, as he later spoke in an interview about how “unique and imaginative” the film was and that he had no other frame of reference for what audiences would see.
Filming began last fall in Atlanta’s Megalopolis.
Still, some skepticism about whether we might ever see it was warranted. Initial reports put the budget for Megalopolis at more than $120 million, most of which was financed by Coppola himself, though a source close to the production told IndieWire back in January that they disputed reports that the budget was growing. and said the final budget is closer. to $100 million. And as any film buff knows, Coppola has long been regarded as one of the poster children for troubled film sets.
“Megalopolis” is Coppola’s first film since 2011’s “Twixt,” and the film currently does not have a distributor, although the cast includes Driver, Nathalie Emmanuel, Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Jon Voight, Talia Shire, Shia LaBeouf. , Jason Schwartzman and Dustin Hoffman. The film is a futuristic New York story in which an architect wants to rebuild the city into a utopia after a devastating disaster. And Coppola also tinkered with fancy visual effects technology similar to that used in “The Mandalorian,” which contributed to the higher shooting budget.
Hopefully we’ll get some first look images of “Megalopolis” via this new account soon. Check out the production pack announcement below.
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