Francis Ford Coppola has a new feature film in the works titled Distant Vision. The project centers on an Italian-American family spanning four generations. During a discussion at the Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday, Coppola revealed that his latest effort is an experimental production that will take at least five years to complete.
The director also confirmed that the screenplay is currently around 500 pages in length.The project is set to include a form of “live cinema,” a combination of live performance and traditional filmmaking.
“It’s related to one aspect of what I think will be the future of cinema,” Coppola said. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could perform cinema and do it live? That was sort of the holy grail I started to go after.”
Coppola admits that the reason why it will take him five years to complete a Distant Vision is mostly attributed to not having worked out all the technical logistics of how to produce and shoot a live performance with a visual appearance of a movie.
“If you don’t get too experiment and do outrageous things like that, how can you move forward?” Coppola added. He plans to workshop about 70 pages of his script this summer.