Francis Ford Coppola is Developing a Period Italian Family Drama

May 22, 2013
Source: THR

Francis Ford Coppola

After tackling the Italian family drama that unfolded from The Godfather trilogy, director Francis Ford Coppola will again chronicle the Italian-American life experience for a new untitled film with a story unfolding between the 1930s and the 1960s. THR reports Coppola is currently writing the film, for himself to direct, about a boy and a girl in their late teens. There aren't anymore details than that, but it's said to be a coming-of-age story. As of now the project isn't set up at a studio, so there's no financing or distribution deals in place, but Coppola could always go the indie route like he did with his last self-financed film Twixt.

Of course, Twixt never really took off as an intriguing piece of filmmaking, and this sounds much more accessible and commercial, especially coming from the director of The Godfather. Though Coppola's films as of late have been much more low key, works like Tetro and Youth Without Youth are still great films. Honestly, Coppola's efforts like Tucker: The Man and His Dream and even Jack have a certain charm about them, and don't really feel like Coppola films. The project seems like the big studio film Coppola talked about last winter since he mentioned the time frame being roughly the same as described above. It'll be interesting to see what he does with a return to his Italian family roots.

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I'm afraid Coppola lost his mojo a long time ago. I mean, another Italian family film? Is that all he's got? Going to the same well again and again. yawn!

Bo on May 22, 2013


Just go over to producing all ready.

Nielsen700 on May 22, 2013


You guys should have a little more respect for Coppola. Like said in the article, 'Tetro' and 'Youth without Youth' are quality films. No they're not 'Godfather' or 'Apocalypse Now', but he still has something to offer to the medium. If he wants to make a new film, by all means, let one of the greatest filmmakers of all time release a film. Now, go back and jerk off to TDKR.

whoa on May 22, 2013


hard on for the Godfather much? don't hate on Nolan. everyone and everyone will watch Nolan's films in the cinema and some will even crash on them b/c "they didn't get it". however deep down inside they know it was good. correction: they know it was Excellent. Coppola should stick to producing. That project he directed called "Twixt" - sorry, but that looked whack and weak. Hardly interesting, even for a download.

conradthegreat on May 23, 2013


Wow, I'm surprised by the negativity here! (or am I?) I think it's great that he's doing exactly what he wants without a studio interfering in his vision. Yes, he is exploring familiar territory, but always in a different way, that's what auteurs do. I have to respectfully disagree with you Ethan when you say his recent films "don't really feel like Coppola films". They're just more intimate, but his style, attitude and approach to filmmaking remain unvaried. I would even dare to say he has grown visually working with a new cinematographer. Also, a coming of age period piece hardly sounds accessible (for mainstream audiences) or commercial 🙂

DavideCoppola on May 23, 2013


Respect? Why? One should respect DeNiro because of his past films rather than the junk he makes now? All artist put themselves on display to be either loved or ignored. That's the game, whoa. When the fat lady sings you don't have to like it. In fact, it's just fine to hate it. All a matter of opinion. Besides, knowing the film industry this is just a little PR and attention grabbing. The likely hood of him actually getting this together, funded, shot and distributed is close to zero. You more than likely will never hear another word about it. Lots of posturing goes on in the biz!! Still, I've no interest in another 'italian family' story from Coppola! So there!

Bo on May 23, 2013

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