Francis Ford Coppola was one of the biggest filmmakers of the 1970s, but over the following decades, his stock began to decline. After a 10-year absence following The Rainmaker, Coppola returned with micro-budget, seriously art-house pictures that struggled to find distribution. His latest picture, Twixt, had ambitious plans including a tour that would feature live-editing of the picture, but ended up only played at film festivals and has yet to see an American release. But now Coppola plans to return to the genre that catapulted him to stardom with The Godfather. According to THR, Coppola is planning to direct an Italian-American family drama that will span from the 1930s to the 1960s. The filmmaker is working on the screenplay, “which is described as a coming-of-age story that focuses on a boy and girl in their late teens.” The production has offices set up at Paramount (home of The Godfather), but the studio currently has no plans to finance or distribute the picture.
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This sounds like it will be Coppola’s biggest feature in over 15 years, and based on what little we know, the most easy to sell. His last three movies, Twixt, Tetro, and Youth Without Youth, are strange ducks that defy easy description. Perhaps this untitled feature will follow that art-house vibe, or perhaps this can be billed as a spiritual sequel to The Godfather Trilogy. Either way, it’s exciting news.