Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ in Peril Amid Ballooning Budget, Crew Exodus (Exclusive)

January 11, 2023

Francis Ford Coppola’s latest movie, the sci-fi-tinged Megalopolis, has descended into chaos, according to multiple sources. That’s on top of losing the entire visual effects team in the first part of December. Mark Russell, a veteran whose credits include In the Heights and The Wolf of Wall Street, was leading the team as visual effects supervisor. (Coppola famously fired his visual effects department on Dracula 30 years ago.) But there was no more famously calamitous a Coppola production than Apocalypse Now, a grueling shoot that mirrored its plot of a descent into madness and chaos.