Francis Ford Coppola is about to hit the ripe old age of 80, but he’s not stopping anytime soon. As Deadline reports, the legendary director is not only forging ahead with a new project, but his latest might actually become the most ambitious of his career.
The report says that Coppola is hoping to begin production this year on the long-awaited “Megalopolis.” The film, which has been in development for over a decade, tells the story of an architect that aims to create a utopia in New York City but is being thwarted by the mayor. And it’s reported that actor Jude Law has been discussed as the potential lead in the film.
“So yes, I plan this year to begin my longstanding ambition to make a major work utilizing all I have learned during my long career, beginning at age 16 doing theater, and that will be an epic on a grand scale, which I’ve entitled ‘Megalopolis,’” Coppola said. “It is unusual; it will be a production on a grand scale with a large cast.”
He continued, “It makes use of all of my years of trying films in different styles and types culminating in what I think is my own voice and aspiration. It is not within the mainstream of what is produced now, but I am intending and wishing and in fact encouraged, to begin production this year.”
Of course, there’s really no more information about the film. However, it’s assumed that if Coppola begins work on the film this year, fans will be able to see the film sometime in 2020 or 2021, at the latest. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.