Francis Ford Coppola’s personal passion project, Megalopolis, was screened last week as we reported. Now, the ever-reliable Dark Horizons is covering a report via Puck News’ Matt Belloni and Nick Field of World of Reel giving some more background and some feedback that is filtering out.

The first screening was held in Los Angeles and these reports say that multiple executives from studios and streamers were on hand.


The feedback on the $120 million feature says it is… well, in the words of one attendee the film is a mix of:

“…Ayn Rand, Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis’ and Tinto Brass’ ‘Caligula’” and that it is “unflinching in how batshit crazy it is”.

The film begins with the destruction of a New York City-like metropolis and concerns two clashing visions of rebuilding after the event. An ambitious architectural idealist named Cesar (Adam Driver), who wants to build a utopia with renewable materials, and the city’s mayor Frank Cicero (Giancarlo Esposito), who wants a more business-as-usual rebuild strategy.

According to these reports, there is a sequence towards the end involving Jon Voight and Aubrey Plaza’s characters that is:

“…one of the most baffling they’ve ever seen…”

The general consensus is a:

“…tough sell…”

Even more entertaining, it has:

“…zero commercial prospects”.

The report also includes a quote from the Beyond Fest account on social media:

“There’s never been, or ever will be, a director as crazy as Francis Ford Coppola. What a privilege to be on the same planet as him.”

Nathalie Emmanuel, Shia LaBeouf, Laurence Fishburne, Chloe Fineman, Kathryn Hunter, Dustin Hoffman, D.B., Sweeney, Jason Schwartzman, Baily Ives, Grace Vanderwaal, and James Remar also star in the film. Coppola is now seeking a distributor.

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