Francis Ford Coppola, 83 years old, is planning perhaps his most ambitious project to date when it is finally time to film “Megalopolis” – a giant project he has carried on for over 30 years.
In order to realize the grand story, he will film on the state-of-the-art The Prysm Stage in Atlanta, Indiewire writes. Coppola plans to combine classic filmmaking with cutting-edge new technology — “one foot in the past and the other in the future,” according to a press release.
Among other things, the newly built studio allows the filmmaker to borrow a giant LED screen, not unlike what Disney used for its television series such as the Star Wars venture “The Mandalorian” to put actors in artificial environments.
So-called Volume screens are increasingly used in cinema as well. However, reports of “never-before-seen technology” suggest that those aren’t the only technological advances that Coppola will be using in his filming process – we haven’t heard any further details yet.
But it will be expensive. Coppola is said to be investing $120 million of his own money on the project. And he doesn’t care if the film is a financial success, as long as the film turns out the way he wants.
“I couldn’t care less about the financial side. It means nothing to me”, he has said in an interview.
Adam Driver and Shia LaBeouf lead a star-studded ensemble that also features Forest Whitaker, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jon Voight and Laurence Fishburne. The film is said to take place in an alternate version of New York, where ancient Rome and its fate affects the modern world. In the center stands an architect who wants to rebuild the metropolis of New Rome after a disaster.