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Sony to Distribute New Coppola

The man who gave us "Apocalypse Now" and all those great "Godfather" movies (well, okay, numbers One and Two) seemed in danger of becoming known simply as the man who gave us Sophia Coppola. Not that that's a bad thing, but c'mon--we're talking "The Godfather Part II" here. And I've yet to see that wine he's bottling make it to my local, is all I'm saying.

Francis Ford Coppola's last film was the middlingly received "The Rainmaker," based of all things on a Grisham novel. Which, okay. But Grisham doesn't set the pages on fire even in quite the same way that Mario Puzo did, nor did Coppola transcend the material.

By contrast, his new project sounds appropriately fascinating. "Youth Without Youth" stars Tim Roth as an ailing professor in the days leading up to World War 2, who stumbles upon apparent formula for immortality--which makes him a target of the Nazis. Inspired by a novella by Mircea Eliade, the project was screenwritten and of course directed by Coppola himself. "It is a love story wrapped in a mystery," the director says.

Sony Pictures Classics has just signed to distribute the film. A release date later this fall is expected.

With two projects on the books for 2009 releases, Coppola appears to be roaring out of his semi-retirement. "Tetro," a saga about an Italian immigrant family, will again put him in the director's chair, and an adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" has him tagged as producer.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

Posted by on March 23, 2007 10:25 PM
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