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|Compiled by Ian Calcutt||Taken from Starburst #275|
Coppola conceives Mega city
Francis Ford Coppola has unveiled plans for an ambitious Sci-Fi movie called Megalopolis. Work is already underway in New York, believed to involve master cinematographer Ron Frike, whose astonishing visuals graced the Coppola-produced Koyaanisqatsi and, later, Baraka.
It deals with a man who wants to build a city of the future, a utopia, Coppola told Teletext, and its about the forces that shape it. The scope of this film is equal to if not larger than Apocalypse Now. Megalopolis is a mix of New York and Ancient Rome. Im working with George Lucas on the use of special effects and CGI... how to use the tools properly. Coppola, who plans to release the film in early 2003, will court the greatest actors of today, whom he hopes will be drawn to this ensemble piece, as many were for the directors Godfather saga. The latest news on that is that Brad Pitt will star, and production is slated for the autumn.
Roswell gets a third chance
Roswell has once again survived by the skin of its teeth, and may even benefit from the bout of network politics triggered by Buffys defection from The WB to UPN.
As predicted last month, The WB decided against renewing the two-year old series, perhaps fearing that its makers Fox might transfer it to a higher paying network once the show had become a success. But UPN have come to the rescue, scheduling it at 9pm on Tuesdays, immediately after the sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Though Roswell wont make its UPN debut until a week after Buffys return with a two-hour opener resolving the fifth seasons shocking cliffhanger, its chances of catching the all-important teen zeitgeist should be boosted immensely by inheriting the audience of a show UPN are sure to hype to the sky.
In the meantime, both Roswell and Buffy are off the air for the summer, Tbe WB having decided against giving them repeat screenings.
Time and Again
Pop-star turned actress Samantha Mumba is probably wishing she had a time machine of her own. She is having to redo all her scenes in the HG Wells-inspired Time Machine remake after story modifications were ordered by producer Steven Spielberg.
Thats not the only problem facing the large-scale production. It seems that the rigours of live-action directing have proved too much for former animator (and HG Wellss grandson) Simon Wells who was reportedly forced to take a rest after suffering extreme exhaustion.
Taking over for the last three weeks of shooting was MouseHunt director Gore Verbinski. In related news, a $42m digital cinema version of HG Wellss The War of the Worlds is said to be in development by US production company Pendragon. Its likely to feature unknown or TV actors and be directed by Timothy Hines (Bug Wars).
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