About a month
ago, we learned that iconic filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola
would be moving his office into the Paramount lot — a place he spent a lot of time during the making of The Godfather
, The Conversation
and Tucker: The Man and His Dream
. The director's move-in date is 2013. We imagine it will be tough for him to leave vineyards of Napa Valley behind, but news of the switch inspired dreams of a large-scale Coppola film that recalls his fruitful 1970s career. In a recent chat with EW
, the filmmaker teased that our wish may actually be granted.
During the interview about Coppola's newly released, five-film Blu-ray box set (in stores today
), the director chatted about his decision to work on smaller, more personal projects as of lately. "I wanted to be a film student again, as a man in my 60s. To go someplace alone and see what you can cook up, with non-existent budgets," he explained. "I didn’t want to be surrounded by comforts and colleagues, which you have when you’re a big-time director. I wanted to write personal works… You couldn’t go to a financier and say 'I want to make a movie that wants to ask a question, then answers it with the movie.'"
The big reveal came at the end of the interview, when the filmmaker teased an upcoming epic that has all the markings of a true Coppola classic:
"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."
That sound you hear is our hearts racing. The best part in all this is that the project is definitely not a sequel film. "I think a sequel is a waste of money and time. I think movies should illuminate new stories," Coppola confirmed. Sorry Corleone fans, but we're not sure we could handle more Godfather after the less-than-stellar part three. Let's all speculate on the nature of Coppola's mysterious, ambitious project, below. Who could this investor be? Discuss.