Francis Ford Coppola directs his “Star Wars” with Megalopolis

Francis Ford Coppola directs his “Star Wars” with Megalopolis
Francis Ford Coppola directs his “Star Wars” with Megalopolis

The film Megalopolis by American director Francis Ford Coppola will be presented in competition at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival.

Tl;dr

  • Megalopolis is Francis Ford Coppola’s first film since 2011.
  • The film aims to be a major blockbuster.
  • Megalopolis uses innovative technologies.
  • Megalopolis could be as divisive as the prequels of Star Wars.

Francis Ford Coppola and Megalopolis

Francis Ford Coppola, the legendary director of Apocalypse Now And The Godfatherreturns with Megalopolis, an ambitious science fiction epic. This long-standing project, which Francis Ford Coppola had dreamed of since the 1970s, was made possible thanks to a personal investment of $120 million. With its star-studded cast including Dam Driver, Giancarlo Esposito, Nathalie Emmanuel, Aubrey Plaza, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Voight, Jason Schwartzman, Talia Shire, Grave Vanderwaal, Kathryn Hunter and Dustin Hoffman, the film tells the story of an idealistic architect who strives to rebuild New York after a disaster.

A dive into the world of blockbusters

Unlike his previous films, which were often character-driven, reality-based dramas, Megalopolis marks Francis Ford Coppola’s foray into the epic blockbuster genre, inspired by his old friend George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars. The story and setting of Megalopolis seem to have been influenced by the revolutionary approach of George Lucas, recalling in some way the universe of Star Wars.

Innovative technology and thematic reflections

Megalopolis don’t just imitate Star Wars : it stands out for its use of cutting-edge technologies and its deep thematic reflections. Francis Ford Coppola leveraged never-before-seen technologies in the making of this film, blending traditional techniques with virtual production. Moreover, just like Star Wars reimagined the fall of the Roman Empire in a science fiction context, Megalopolis follows the same path, representing the fall of New York as an allegory for the fall of Rome.

A potentially mixed reception

Just like the prequels of Star Wars provoked mixed reactions, Megalopolis could also divide the public. Initial reactions vary between enthusiasm and bewilderment, with some calling it “weird” or having “zero business perspective“.

What do we think?

Francis Ford Coppola, with Megalopolis, takes a bold risk by tackling the blockbuster genre, uncharted territory for him. It’s interesting to see how he translates his unique style and artistic vision into a format usually associated with action and spectacle. Whether it is praised or criticized, one thing is certain: Megalopolis is a film that will not leave anyone indifferent.

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