"Megalopolis," Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Set for September U.S. Release

"Megalopolis" Secures Lionsgate for U.S. Release After Intense Speculation.

by Nouman Rasool
"Megalopolis," Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Set for September U.S. Release
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After months of speculation and intrigue regarding its fate, Francis Ford Coppola's self-financed cinematic undertaking, "Megalopolis," has finally found a distributor. Lionsgate confirmed on Monday that it would distribute the film to theatres in the U.S.

and Canada, thus ending what had become one of the year's most talked-about acquisition sagas. Slated to hit theatres on September 27—a wider-than-usual theatrical release, including on IMAX screens—the $120 million Roman epic is set against a New York in the future.

"Megalopolis," marking Coppola's return to the director's chair after a 13-year hiatus, made waves during a private screening in Los Angeles in late March. It was merely the setup for many more rounds of discussions regarding its unusual concept and its economic viability.

Later on, it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month to a polarized response—critics gave mixed reviews while the audience lauded its scope of imagination.

Coppola's Continued Collaboration

Coppola and Lionsgate have partnered before on quite several home movie releases, with the notable "Apocalypse Now Final Cut." He dilated on his continued partnership with Lionsgate, saying he was excited and confident about the work.

"One business rule that I've followed and emphasized, always to my benefit, was staying with companies and teams over time who proved to be good friends and collaborators," he said. He first thanked Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chair Adam Fogelson and the studio, like Lionsgate, for keeping their commitment and attention to detail very much as it was given to "Apocalypse Now," which he reminded had now completed 45 years of generating a lot of money and acclamation.

Somewhere between historical pomp and prescient futurism, "Megalopolis" would appear to be quite a grand and ambitious film affair. For so long shrouded in mystery and anticipation, Coppola's project now stands on the cusp of its public unveiling, ready to enthral or cleft cinema-goers with its narrative vision and aesthetic.

As the release date inches closer, Coppola is gearing up for what could likely be one of the biggest film debuts this year.