MEGALOPOLIS: Check Out The Time-Stopping First Teaser For Francis Ford Coppola's Sci-Fi Epic

MEGALOPOLIS: Check Out The Time-Stopping First Teaser For Francis Ford Coppola's Sci-Fi Epic MEGALOPOLIS: Check Out The Time-Stopping First Teaser For Francis Ford Coppola's Sci-Fi Epic

Ahead of the movie's world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, we have a first look at some footage from Francis Ford Coppola's sci-fi passion project, Megalopolis...

By MarkCassidy - May 05, 2024 06:05 AM EST
Filed Under: Sci-Fi
Source: Via SFF Gazette

Ahead of the movie's world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, the first trailer for Francis Ford Coppola's sci-fi passion project, Megalopolis, has been released online.

Really more of a scene preview than a proper teaser, the footage sees Adam Driver's character, Caesar, step out on to the ledge of a building and walk precariously towards the edge. Caesar then begins to topple forward, but before he falls, he yells "time stop," and freezes in place. After a few moments, he snaps his fingers and the world around him returns to normal.

Coppola shared the clip on Instagram, with a sad addendum.

"Megalopolis has always been a film dedicated to my dear wife Eleanor. I really had hoped to celebrate her birthday together this May 4th. But sadly that was not to be, so let me share with everyone a gift on her behalf."

Plot details are still pretty vague (though an early version of the script did the rounds last year), but we do know that Megalopolis will be a sci-fi drama about "a woman divided between loyalties to her father, who has a classical view of society, and her lover, who is more progressive and ready for the future."

"Ultimately, after a lot of time, I settled on the idea of a Roman epic," Coppola explains. "And then later, a Roman epic set in modern America, so I really only began writing this script, on and off, in the last dozen years or so. Also, as I have made many films of many different subjects and in many different styles, I hoped for a project later in life when I might better understand what my personal style was."

Though the movie has not been screened for critics, the reactions from an early insider screening were divisive. One viewer described the film as "unflinching in how batshit it is," noting that it has "zero commercial prospects," while another called it a mix of "Ayn Rand, Metropolis, and Caligula."

However, a more positive verdict stated: "Coppola's new film is crackling with ideas that fuse the past with the future, with an epic and highly visual fable that plays perfectly on an IMAX screen. He covers complex themes in a remarkably brief two hours and 13 minutes, not including credits."

Check out the teaser at the link below, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

“The destruction of a New York City-like metropolis after an accident brings clashing visions of the future. On one side is an ambitious architectural idealist Cesar (Adam Driver). On the other is his sworn enemy, city Mayor Frank Cicero (Giancarlo Esposito). The debate becomes whether to embrace the future and build a utopia with renewable materials, or take a business-as-usual rebuild strategy, replete with corruption and power brokering. In between their struggle is the mayor’s socialite daughter Julia (Nathalie Emmanuel), a restless young woman who grew up around power and is looking for meaning in her life.”

Megalopolis also stars Nathalie Emmanuel, Jon Voight, Laurence Fishburne, Aubrey Plaza, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Schwartzman, Grace VanderWaal, Kathryn Hunter, Talia Shire, Dustin Hoffman, and D.B. Sweeney.

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tylerzero - 5/5/2024, 6:46 AM
Sounds like a very ambitious movie in the vein of Cloud Atlas.

And we all know how that turned out.
DrReedRichards - 5/5/2024, 6:57 AM
@tylerzero -

FFC's name alone will be enough to carry this one, both among critics and in online forums. Cloud Atlas did not enjoy this luxury. And that's coming from someone who unapologetically loves this movie as his all time favourite.
TheVisionary25 - 5/5/2024, 7:03 AM
@tylerzero - that’s a good comparison actually

Didn’t think of that.
tmp3 - 5/5/2024, 7:23 AM
@DrReedRichards - you ever read the book? Saw it at barnes & nobles the other day and had to use my full restraint to not cop it haha
DrReedRichards - 5/5/2024, 7:28 AM
@tmp3 -

I read it after watching the movie. Couldn't find it in Greek so had to read it in English.

Its structure is more parabolic than the movie's jumping around between stories. I enjoyed both, but having experienced the movie first I'm naturally biased towards that one. Both are incredibly dogmatic though.

"Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present. And with each crime and every kindness, we birth our future."

Words to live by.
TheVisionary25 - 5/5/2024, 8:08 AM
@DrReedRichards - I don’t know about that

Not all of FFC’s films have been well received by critics , especially 2 out of 3 of his last films

Film Twitter or something might just declare it a master piece already though lol
TheMetaMan - 5/5/2024, 8:09 AM
@tylerzero - Cloud Atlas was great I loved it. I resonate with the story, the performances were excellent and compared to Speed racer or JUPITER ASCENDING it’s one of the better works from the wackowski siblings. I really don’t care for films or tv shows that are adaptions of a novel or comicbook that fail to meet the expectations of the fanbase. If a film is good then it’s GOOD.
DrReedRichards - 5/5/2024, 8:25 AM
@TheVisionary25 -

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tmp3 - 5/5/2024, 6:55 AM
So excited for this!
Forthas - 5/5/2024, 6:55 AM
Kind of like Tenet?
MarkCassidy - 5/5/2024, 6:57 AM
@Forthas - except not awful hopefully.
tmp3 - 5/5/2024, 7:23 AM
@Forthas - Tenet’s a really fun action movie, but after the greatness of Oppenheimer it really feels like lesser Nolan by a huge margin
TheMetaMan - 5/5/2024, 8:12 AM
@tmp3 - I prefer Tenet to Oppenheimer.
I wasn’t going to watch Oppenheimer but I liked it for what it is. Undeniably one of Nolan’s best films and Murphy knocked it out of the park as did RDJ. However I don’t like anything related to war or history therefore i will not be watching it again. I’m more of a sci-fi fan, tenet is right up my alley and imo its criminally underrated.
kylo0607 - 5/5/2024, 8:21 AM
@tmp3 - I'd take Tenet over Oppenheimer any day of the week.

I saw Tenet 4 times at the cinema during its release and probably 5-6 more times at home in 4K. It's one of the best Nolan films and a visual/audio spectacle. Every time I see it, I spot new details I didn't see last time.

Oppenheimer I went 3 times to see it, including IMAX). Since it released on home media, I've had no desire to re-watch it again. Undoubtedly a well-shot and acted film, but the court room drama and security clearance bit drags the film so much, that it almost ruins the whole thing.
HulkisHoly - 5/5/2024, 8:57 AM
@MarkCassidy -

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As a MASSIVE Nolan fan…Tenet is in my view his first verifiable “miss” on a formerly perfect record. It makes Insomnia look like the greatest film ever made in comparison.

The film’s concept was admirable but it’s execution, the paper thin plot and characters, were unforgivable.
TheMetaMan - 5/5/2024, 12:25 PM
@kylo0607 - THIS 👆🏿
CoHost - 5/5/2024, 2:29 PM
@tmp3 - Tenet didn't need that movie to look bad.
TheVisionary25 - 5/5/2024, 7:27 AM
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It’s certainly got a hell of a cast!!.

I admire and might check it out for its sheer ambition alone but hopefully the story & characters can back that up.
thewanderer - 5/5/2024, 10:43 AM
@TheVisionary25 - is it me or is Adam Driver looking an awful lot like Barry Keoghan in this?
GhostDog - 5/5/2024, 7:48 AM
Visuals gonna go crazy
TheMetaMan - 5/5/2024, 8:05 AM
The colour grading on this film is crazy. The sepia filters are vividly realised. Driver is a great actor and by far the highlight of the sequel trilogy in SW. Wasn’t interested in this when I initially read about it but this clip has peaked my interest. I wanna see more.
TheVisionary25 - 5/5/2024, 8:07 AM
@TheMetaMan - just the shot of him coming out of the window as you see the clouds moving was crazy.
TheMetaMan - 5/5/2024, 8:13 AM
@TheVisionary25 - Right!! Clever marketing by the studio to release this clip. It’s sold me on watching it.
TheVisionary25 - 5/5/2024, 8:16 AM
I have holes in my FFC filmography such as never having watched The Godfather (yeah I know , I want to) but I’m a fan of his Dracula honestly…

I liked it , especially the old Hollywood-esque feel and production value he brought to it at times such as matte paintings etc.

Also an underrated movie of his is The Rainmaker which is a solid adaptation of a John Grisham novel and maybe the best one.

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BruceWayng - 5/5/2024, 9:36 AM
The lengths they have gone to try and hide this guy’s ears is simply amazing…
UncleHarm1 - 5/5/2024, 10:59 AM
@BruceWayng - 😂
Knightstar - 5/5/2024, 11:44 AM
It would seem the synopsis isn't keen on broaching the subject on how and why this man is able to stop, time.
ModHaterSLADE - 5/5/2024, 1:06 PM
Will give this a chance for Esposito.
grif - 5/5/2024, 1:42 PM
kylos in it. im out

marvel72 - 5/5/2024, 5:07 PM
I would watch this just for the director.

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