While Francis Ford Coppola has not directed a feature film in eight years it does not mean his finger has been on the pulse of the industry. Coppola has been the executive producer of such recent films as Kinsey, daughter Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation and the upcoming feature The Good Shepherd and now he is preparing a self-financed, low budget pic based on the novella Youth Without Youth by Romanian author Mircea Eliade.
Coppola penned the script himself and will produce through his American Zoetrope banner with Tim Roth, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz and Marcel Iures set to star in the feature.
The picture is set for an October 3rd production start, which means the festival circuit should experience a Coppola resurgence next year.
The film will center on a professor whose life changes after a cataclysmic incident during the dark years before WWII. Becoming a fugitive, he is pursued through far-flung locations including Romania, Switzerland, Malta and India.
The Variety article also goes on to mention that a director’s cut of Coppola’s 1983 pic The Outsiders is in current release through Warner Bros. prior to a deluxe DVD rollout.