Francis Ford Coppola Reveals the Sci-Fi Story That Inspired Megalopolis

Francis Ford Coppola created some of the most iconic American films of all time, including The Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now.   

Although not every picture in his oeuvre maintains such a revered place in movie history, Coppola's almost 60-year career deserves a triumphant conclusion.   

Megalopolis, with its ambitious self-funding and a big cast lead by Adam Driver, promises to be a fitting conclusion.  

Coppola has been gathering ideas for the project for as long as he has been making films, but the genesis of the concept dates back far further.  

"The seeds for Megalopolis were planted when I was a kid and saw H.G. Wells' Things to Come," Coppola said in a Vanity Fair statement.  

"This 1930s [Alexander] Korda classic is about building the world of tomorrow, and has always been with me, first as the 'boy scientist' I was and later as a filmmaker."  

The 1936 film Things to Come, directed by William Cameron Menzies, takes place 100 years in the future, where a scientist (Raymond Massey) helps guide humanity out of its low point following a terrible conflict.  

Things to Come starts in 1940, when the outbreak of war in England inspires businessman and inventor John Cabal (Massey) to become a pilot.   

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