Francis Ford Coppola To Write And Direct Years-Spanning Coming Of Age Drama

Francis Ford Coppola has already done a pretty good job capturing the life of an Italian-American family in the mid-20th century, having directed one of the greatest trilogies in cinematic history. But now, 23 years after the release of The Godfather Part III, he's ready to explore the subject once again - only this time it won't be a gangster story.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Apocalypse Now director is now set to make a new untitled film that "will chronicle an Italian-American family and span from the 1930s to the 1960s." Coppola will be writing the script for the movie, just as he has for all of his credited directorial efforts since 1997's legal drama The Rainmaker. The trade says that the plot is a coming-of-age story about two teenagers, a boy and a girl. Strangely, production offices for the film have been set up on the Paramount lot, but at this time there haven't been any talks regarding the studio's involvement in the movie. A casting director has been hired, but there's no mention regarding when Coppola is planning to have cameras start rolling.

Coppola is now 74 years old but has continued making films regularly over the last decade - though their quality has been questionable. He last directed the Edgar Allan Poe-themed horror thriller Twixt starring Val Kilmer, however, the film didn't get much of a theatrical release or a critical response.

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