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Francis Ford Coppola is returning to big budget filmmaking with a epic that will span four decades

Dec. 4, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Just as George Lucas is retreating from big budgets, his buddy Francis Ford Coppola is coming back. After a self-imposed hiatus from studio filmmaking, Coppola is stepping back into the realm of Hollywood movie-making. The 73 year old icon was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly about his upcoming box set of Blu-ray films and was asked about his next project.

"I have a secret investor that has infinite money. I learned what I learned from my three smaller films, and wanted to write a bigger film. I’ve been writing it. It’s so ambitious so I decided to go to L.A. and make a film out of a studio that has all the costume rentals, and where all the actors are. My story is set in New York. I have a first draft. I’m really ready for a casting phase. Movies are big in proportion to the period. It starts in the middle of the ‘20s, and there are sections in the ‘30s and the late ‘40s, and it goes until the late ‘60s."

Coppola's GODFATHER films successfully crossed multiple decades and featured a ton of characters, so I have no doubt he can handle a massive story. But, after his experimental films YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH, TETRO, and TWIXT, can Coppola handle a huge project like this? Despite being an iconic director, remember that his last big budget efforts included BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, JACK, and THE RAINMAKER. None of those were exactly classics.

It is likely too soon to get excited for this. Coppola did say it was just a first draft, but he does have an office at Paramount Pictures now, so we may be seeing more from him either as a director or producer.

Extra Tidbit: Who do you think that secret investor is? My money is on George Lucas.

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8:37AM on 12/05/2012

Maybe....

I'm 50/50 on Coppola'sfilms. I hated, hated, hated, JACK but, I gotta disagree with you on BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA though. I thinkt it definetly IS a classic! I guess we'll see what happens with this new film venture of his.
I'm 50/50 on Coppola'sfilms. I hated, hated, hated, JACK but, I gotta disagree with you on BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA though. I thinkt it definetly IS a classic! I guess we'll see what happens with this new film venture of his.
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10:31PM on 12/04/2012
I actually rather liked The Rainmaker. If Coppola never made a movie again that surpassed that one, while no Godfather or The Conversation, I wouldn't have many complaints.
I actually rather liked The Rainmaker. If Coppola never made a movie again that surpassed that one, while no Godfather or The Conversation, I wouldn't have many complaints.
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7:52PM on 12/04/2012

Bram Stoker's Dracula not a classic? Since when?!

It was a great film with amazing performances from Oldman & Hopkins, some of the best cinematography I've ever seen, mind blowing costume & set design, and flawless use of German expressionism. I'd easily rank it up there with Coppola's other classics like The Godfather I & II, and Apocalypse Now.
It was a great film with amazing performances from Oldman & Hopkins, some of the best cinematography I've ever seen, mind blowing costume & set design, and flawless use of German expressionism. I'd easily rank it up there with Coppola's other classics like The Godfather I & II, and Apocalypse Now.
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9:40AM on 12/05/2012
THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
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7:49PM on 12/04/2012
DRACULA not a classic???

Say what??? It's perhaps (along with Interview with a Vampire) one of the greatest vampire films, in the times when vampires didn't sparkle and were actually scary
DRACULA not a classic???

Say what??? It's perhaps (along with Interview with a Vampire) one of the greatest vampire films, in the times when vampires didn't sparkle and were actually scary
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7:39PM on 12/04/2012

Auright!!! Coppola is Back!!!

I can't wait for this. Coppola is the kind of director that can really only make big films cos of the scope of his imagination. And since he is back at Paramount, I am hoping they'll talk him into doing 'The Godfather Trilogy 1901-1980' for Blu-ray. Yes, I said it. Everything else is being bastardized now, why not put that on blu-ray.
I can't wait for this. Coppola is the kind of director that can really only make big films cos of the scope of his imagination. And since he is back at Paramount, I am hoping they'll talk him into doing 'The Godfather Trilogy 1901-1980' for Blu-ray. Yes, I said it. Everything else is being bastardized now, why not put that on blu-ray.
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5:59PM on 12/04/2012

um

Bram Strokerís Dracula is a classic, artfully crafted, and rather amazing. Youíre all snobs.
Bram Strokerís Dracula is a classic, artfully crafted, and rather amazing. Youíre all snobs.
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7:38PM on 12/04/2012
Agreed, getting tired of having to defend that movie.
Agreed, getting tired of having to defend that movie.
5:34PM on 12/04/2012

Yes

Can't wait!
Can't wait!
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5:29PM on 12/04/2012
I tried looking for a way to contact you in private, but found none. You need to fix the grammar in the title.
I tried looking for a way to contact you in private, but found none. You need to fix the grammar in the title.
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5:10PM on 12/04/2012

It's Lucas

They both live in NorCal most of the time, they've had shockingly similar careers (up to a point) it just makes sense. Coppola's passion for film far outweighs his talents at this point, but his output from the 70's has given him a blank check for life to try any project he wants and more power to him for it!
They both live in NorCal most of the time, they've had shockingly similar careers (up to a point) it just makes sense. Coppola's passion for film far outweighs his talents at this point, but his output from the 70's has given him a blank check for life to try any project he wants and more power to him for it!
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