Coppola coming to the Con

Posted by · 12:39 pm · July 1st, 2011

I’m a bit down on Comic-Con this year. I’m just not all that excited, and nor are the studios, as a number of them seem to be pulling out of the annual preaching-to-the-choir festivities. And TV is taking over more and more, which isn’t a bad thing, but I just can’t keep up with the small screen these days. I’ll be on hand for a day or two, though. (The LA Soundgarden concert on July 22 will bring me back, however.)

In any case, Francis Ford Coppola will be in Hall H this year to unveil footage from his new film “Twixt.” I hope he knows what he’s getting himself into. Here’s the press release, in part:

Francis Ford Coppola will be presenting portions of his upcoming film TWIXT at a panel discussion on Saturday, July 23…[he] describes the film as, “one part Gothic romance, one part personal film, and one part the kind of horror film that began my career.”

Coppola has a unique new approach to the presentation of the film that will incorporate live music by acclaimed independent performance artist Dan Deacon. Deacon will attend Comic-Con with Coppola to help demonstrate the interactive experience of the film. The film incorporates both 2-D and 3-D elements…

On attending Comic-Con Coppola says, “I fondly recall meeting the Comic-Con audience years ago when I brought them my DRACULA film. That experience made me not want to miss this chance to return with TWIXT.”

And regarding the film, which stars Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern and Elle Fanning:

A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl.  That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V.  He’s unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him.  Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated…

Like his most recent films, TWIXT follows three self-imposed mandates that Coppola requires in all of his new work: be his own original story and screenplay, have some personal element, and be self-financed.  This particular story came to Coppola during a vivid dream he had while on a trip to Istanbul and is inspired by the writings of Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne.  The film also brings Coppola back to his horror roots that began during his apprenticeship with Roger Corman.

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  • 1 7-01-2011 at 1:41 pm

    Harv said...

    I was at his presentation of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and man, is Comicon so much different than it was back then… best of luck to him!

  • 2 7-01-2011 at 7:33 pm

    Mitchell said...

    Wow, other than this and Spiderman, are there any real interesting panels? Once Disney/Marvel stepped out, I mostly lost interest.

  • 3 7-01-2011 at 8:53 pm

    Fernando said...

    Hopefully this works out for him now that it’ll be seldom presence of any other major film/studio.

    I think this is just a way for him to hook people. I mean, we know he is one of the greatest but we are all well aware that this generation barely knows his work.
    He hasn’t had any big hit lately and I think this is his last resource to achieve the public likeness.

  • 4 7-01-2011 at 10:10 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    I’ll be in LA/SD that week and doing Comic Con on the 21st, first time for me.

  • 5 7-02-2011 at 5:31 am

    Mark said...

    ‘Twixt Now and Sunrise’ was a much better title…

  • 6 7-02-2011 at 11:13 am

    average joe said...

    His late career renaissance, though it’s been only two films so far, has been interesting and fruitful. I really like the direction he’s been headed and am greatly anticipating this.