The Godfather. The Conversation. The Godfather Part II. Apocalypse Now. Francis Ford Coppola has so many classic American movies in his filmography, he could direct, say, a movie about reverse aging starring Robin Williams and Fran Drescher and not lose his position among our greatest directors. Coppola hasn't made a movie since 1997's undervalued The Rainmaker, but recently he's been on a roll. We've been bringing you news on his new film, Youth Without Youth, for a year now. Most recently, Monika told you that Tom Cruise might be helping to distribute the low-budget film, which stars Tim Roth and has been described as "an arty Raiders of the Lost Ark." His Tetro, with Matt Dillon, is in pre-production and sounds like perfect material for Coppola, as it "follows the rivalries of an artistic Italian immigrant family." But what of his long-rumored sci-fi epic Megalopolis?
In a new interview with aintitcool, Coppola says he did his three 90's studio pictures -- Bram Stoker's Dracula, Jack, and The Rainmaker -- to get out of debt and to do make Megalopolis happen. He went to New York, did tests, and even started meeting with actors. Things started moving on it, and then September 11th happened. Says Coppola, "It made it really pretty tough... a movie about the aspiration of utopia with New York as a main character and then all of a sudden you couldn't write about New York without just dealing with what happened and the implications of what happened. The world was attacked and I didn't know how to try to do with that. I tried." Coppola doesn't totally rule out the possibility of doing Megalopolis in the future, but for now the chances aren't looking great. "I have abandoned that as of now. I'm now going to...I plan to begin a process of making one personal movie after another and if something leads me back to look at that, which I'm sure it might, I'll see what makes sense to me." So it looks like we can put aside our hopes of seeing Megalopolis any time soon, but just knowing we've got more Coppola to look forward to softens the blow for me.