Francis Ford Coppola is starting to work on his dream movie, and already knows which A-listers he wants in the project.
The famed director, who was behind the Oscar winning Godfather franchise, opened up about the project, called Megalopolis, which got pushed to the side over other studio projects.
Francis is now saying he’s willing to put up $100 million of his own money to get it made.
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“The concept of the film is a Roman epic, in the traditional Cecil B. DeMille or Ben-Hur way, but told as a modern counterpart focusing on America,” he told Deadline about the movie. “It’s based on The Catiline Conspiracy, which comes to us from ancient Rome.”
Francis added that it was “a famous duel between a patrician, Catiline, and that part will be played by Oscar Isaac, and the famous Cicero, who will be Forest Whitaker. He is now the beleaguered mayor of New York, during a financial crisis, close to the one that Mayor Dinkins had. This story takes place in a new Rome, a Roman epic sent in modern times. The time set is not a specific year in modern New York, it’s an impression of modern New York, which I call New Rome.”
In addition to Oscar Isaac and Forest Whitaker, Francis is also eyeing Cate Blanchett, Jon Voight, zendaya, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange and James Caan to star in the movie.
Francis is willing to put his money on the line for the movie, and wants the pic to shoot in fall of 2022.
“The big news here is that I am still the same as I was 20 years ago or 40 years ago. I’m still willing to do the dream picture, even if I have to put up my own money, and I am capable of putting up $100 million if I have to here. I don’t want to, but I will do it if I have to,” he says.
He added that he does have “some private financiers who want to come in on a partner basis, and I’m willing to match their funds, if I have to. Obviously the more money I have to put up, the more complications it gives me, but I am capable of doing it.”
“I am capable of going the whole distance if I really had to. It would be hard for me or anyone to put up $100 million to make a utopian dream of a film, but it is not impossible for that to happen.”
Oscar can next be seen in HBO’s Scenes From a Marriage.