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Francis Ford Coppola Secures SAG-AFTRA Agreement for ‘Megalopolis’

Director Francis Ford Coppola has secured an “interim agreement” from SAG-AFTRA to do some work on his upcoming film Megalopolis in spite of the current strike, now in its seventh week. Megalopolis appeared on SAG-AFTRA’s interim agreement list on Wednesday, August 30. Thus far, Coppola has not commented publicly, nor given any indication of how he might make use of the agreement.

The film wrapped up production earlier this year, so it’s being speculated that Coppola plans to screen it at a festival or otherwise market the project, necessitating some sort of waiver from the striking unions. It’s being rumored that Megalopolis might have its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2024.

After the actors walked out on July 14, SAG-AFTRA received hundreds of applications for the interim agreements it was then making available. In a statement at the time, SAG-AFTRA’s national executive director and chief negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland said the guild would be “responding to all applications” that met with the unions’ requirements.

Megalopolis depicts the ambitious plans of a world-class architect who seeks to rebuild New York City after it had been destroyed in an apocalyptic catastrophe. Coppola also wrote the script for the epic film, which was shot recently in Atlanta and New York on a budget approaching $100 million, largely self-financed by the director.

In Megalopolis, Adam Driver plays the lead role in a star-studded cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jon Voight, Laurence Fishburne, Aubrey Plaza, Shia LaBeouf, Chloe Fineman, Kathryn Hunter, Dustin Hoffman, DB Sweeney, Talia Shire, Jason Schwartzman, Bailey Ives, Grace Vanderwaal, and James Remar.

Coppola is one of the most legendary directors of all time. His film credits include The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and The Outsiders. Megalopolis will be his first film in seven years after Distant Vision, which was released in 2016.

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Edward Moran
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Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to hosokinema.com and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.


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