Megalopolis: the Sci-Fi epic you didn’t know you needed (trailer).

Imagine a world where the classical grandeur of ancient Rome collides headfirst with the neon-drenched spectacle of Blade Runner. That’s “Megalopolis” for you, a cinematic feast set to unravel in a modern-day American cityscape that’s just survived a cataclysmic disaster. This isn’t just any sci-fi drama; this is Francis Ford Coppola’s long-simmering passion project that has taken almost half a century from inception to execution.

Since the 1970s, Coppola has been toying with the idea of a city reborn from its ashes, with characters so epic they could have strolled straight out of a Roman fresco into the bustling streets of a metropolis that mirrors New York City. Fast forward to 2023, and after a scenic detour through financial crises and a $120 million self-funded budget, Coppola is finally ready to showcase his latest magnum opus.

The cast is a veritable who’s who of Hollywood. Adam Driver is Cesar Catilina, an idealistic architect with the curious ability to control time (because, why not?). He’s set against Giancarlo Esposito’s Mayor Franklyn Cicero, who’d rather cling to the crumbling remnants of the old ways than adopt any of those newfangled sustainable living ideas. And caught between these two Titans is Nathalie Emmanuel as Julia, a socialite looking for meaning beyond the gala dinners and charity auctions.

The premise might sound like your typical dystopian setup, but under Coppola’s direction, expect a spectacle that’s as thought-provoking as it is visually stunning. The disaster isn’t just a plot device; it’s a philosophical playground where the future of humanity is debated in the ruins of a once-thriving city. Coppola, no stranger to ambitious undertakings (remember “Apocalypse Now”?), has pulled out all stops. Filming wrapped up earlier this year after a vibrant shoot in Georgia, where Trilith Studios’ backlots were transformed into the grandiose yet beleaguered Megalopolis. The film also stars Aubrey Plaza, Shia LaBeouf, and Laurence Fishburne, each adding their unique flair to this eclectic tapestry of characters that would be right at home in a high-stakes Roman drama.

“Megalopolis” is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2024, and it’s already stirring up quite the buzz. Can it live up to the colossal expectations set by its legendary director? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: whether it soars to the heights of cinematic glory or crashes into the annals of ambitious flops, “Megalopolis” promises to be a ride worth taking.

So, buckle up, film aficionados. Coppola is about to take us on a journey through time, architecture, and the very fabric of human society. And who knows? By the end of it, we might just find ourselves rooting for a future where Rome and New York City can coexist in a utopian dream. Or, at the very least, enjoy a spectacle of sci-fi drama that’s been decades in the making.


Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

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