Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Coppola Leases “Megalopolis” to Lions Gate for September Release in Distribution Only Deal


Francis Ford Coppola is releasing “Megalopolis” on his own. He’s gotten Lions Gate to distribute it, for a fee. But the studio did not acquire the three hour film.

“Megalopolis” will open September 27th presumably after screenings in Toronto, Telluride, and Venice. Or maybe not. Screening in Cannes was a mistake, and so was the early private screening for half of Hollywood’s A list in April.

Coppola is the Diamond Jim of Hollywood gamblers. He’s sunk $100 million of his own money into the sprawling, unusual, and doesn’t care about getting it back. How cool is that? This is his passion project and he wants it one way or the other.

Adam Driver and Giancarlo Esposito lead a huge A list cast that tells the story of a post-apocalyptic New York that pits the mayor against a Robert Moses like architect. They have differing views of how to rebuild the city.

So far, even with bad reviews from Cannes, “Megalopolis” is still must see. For one thing, it may require a live actor to appear on stage at every screening! Also, the cinematography looks amazing.

So off we go!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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