Forty years and $120 million later, Francis Ford Coppola's Megalopolis will debut at Cannes.  

After months of controversy and 40 years in the making, Francis Ford Coppola's Megalopolis will premiere at Cannes in May.  

Coppola began writing the screenplay in 1983 for the Godfather and Apocalypse Now director's passion project, which he funded with $120m.  

In the decades afterward, it has been announced, delayed, and abandoned, with film produced and discarded countless times.  

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Variety claims that the film will premiere at Cannes on 17 May in a gala with Adam Driver, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito, Aubrey Plaza, Jon Voight, Shia LaBeouf, Laurence Fishburne, Dustin Hoffman, Coppola's sister Talia Shire, and his nephew Jason Schwartzman.  

Cannes director Thierry Frémaux told Variety, “I've known Francis since the centenary of cinema in 1995, and when I had my first year at Cannes, he came to present Apocalypse Now Redux.”   

He wanted to do Megalopolis for so long and did it independently, in his own way, as an artist.”  

Megalopolis concluded production last year. Though plot details are unknown, it has long been regarded a difficult beast to film: an epic that spans ancient history and a disastrous future, full of esoterica and dark themes.  

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