According to Deadline, the acclaimed filmmaker will share cost of the film, estimated between $100 million and $120 million.
“The concept of the film is a Roman epic, in the traditional Cecile B. DeMille or Ben-Hur way, but told as a modern counterpart focusing on America,” Coppola said of the film. “It’s based on The Catiline Conspiracy, which comes to us from ancient Rome.”
“This was a famous duel between a patrician Catiline, and that part will be played by Oscar Isaac, and the famous Cicero, who will be Forest Whitaker. He is now the beleaguered mayor of New York, during a financial crisis, close to the one that Mayor Dinkins had.”
“This story takes place in a new Rome, a Roman epic sent modern times,” said Coppola. “The time set is not a specific year in modern New York, it’s an impression of modern New York, which I call New Rome.”
Coppola reportedly hopes to make the new feature in the Autumn of 2022.
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