The (alleged, arguable) wreckage of Twixt pretty much behind him, Francis Ford Coppola is, for the first time since the ’90s, back with a studio. This news had somehow gone under the radar back in December: his script, an “ambitious” thing, spans from the ’20s to the ’60s; work was being conducted on the Paramount lot; there was a “secret investor that has infinite money,” which led many to think of Megan Ellison; and he’d like to find actors in the near future. Like his recent features, at once so much and so little.

Cut to late May, and the pieces have started to converge a little more clearly. In an interview conducted by THR, Coppola let slip that his developing effort is, now, one of two things: the decades-spanning tale of an Italian-American family — anyone think he can do this? — as well as “a coming-of-age story that focuses on a boy and girl in their late teens.” (One must dovetail into the other, perhaps in some classical star-crossed lovers manner.) An equally intriguing bit comes from Jeff Sneider, who reports that the picture will also concern dance — the kind of droplet that could go in several directions, really.

Again, so much and so little, but worth the closer look. Forget that one more “big” Coppola movie amounts to a great deal for many of us — just as noteworthy is the evident momentum. Casting directors — Courtney Bright and Nicole Daniels, who helped assemble the onscreen team of Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring — and producer Fred Roos (a collaborator since The Conversation) are in tow; the same may hold true of this secret money-lender, too. When interviewed in December, the filmmaker said an initial draft had been completed, so who’s to say this isn’t just a few months out from rolling cameras? It’s a scenario we’d be fools to ignore.

Does Coppola’s next project generate curiosity for yourself?

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