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Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ Lands at Lionsgate

Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ Lands at Lionsgate

After much speculation over its fate, Megalopolis is officially headed to North American movie theaters.

Lionsgate has picked up the Francis Ford Coppola feature, and is planning a September 27, 2024 release, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Megalopolis bowed at Cannes last month after a dramatic backstory surrounding its making. After decades in development, Coppola put part of his personal fortune into the $120 million project, which stars Adam Driver as a man obsessed with creating utopian city.

IMAX previously had committed to carrying the project, even before it had a North American distributor.

The acquisition comes more than two months after a March 28 screening for top Hollywood executives in a bid to drum up a possible distribution deal for the feature, though sources in attendance told The Hollywood Reporter at the time it would be challenging to position the film, which though it boasts a big budget, has an arthouse film vibe to it and is not a crowdpleasing blockbuster.

Nathalie Emmanuel, Aubrey Plaza and Giancarlo Esposito are among the cast.

At Cannes, the film debuted to a 10-minute standing ovation, and currently sports a 51 percent critics rating at Rotten Tomatoes. After the Cannes ovation, Coppola said he hoped the film would inspire hope in the world.

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The next morning, he addressed questions of putting his own money into the feature.

“My children, without exception, have wonderful careers without a fortune. We are fine. It doesn’t matter,” said the filmmaker. “The money doesn’t matter. What is important are the friends. A friend will never let you down. The money may evaporate.”

IndieWire broke the news of the deal.

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