$900 Thousand Kickstarter Campaign To Turn Coppola’s ‘Apocalypse Now’ Into A Video Game – Forbes


The campaign to the turn the iconic film into an role-playing game is being led by the film’s director, Francis Ford Coppola (Credit: American Zoetrope)

Widely considered to one of the greatest films of all time, Apocalypse Now is being turned into a video game.

Made for $31.5 million, the 1979 movie, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, went on to make $83.47 million at the domestic box office unadjusted for inflation.

Now, American Zoetrope, the privately run American film studio, centered in San Francisco and founded by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, has teamed with entertainment and games industry veterans to a role-playing game based on the iconic movie.

“Forty years ago, I set out to make a personal art picture that could hopefully influence generations of viewers for years to come,” Coppola said. “Today, I’m joined by new daredevils, a team who want to make an interactive version of Apocalypse Now, where you are Captain Benjamin Willard amidst the harsh backdrop of the Vietnam War. I’ve been watching videogames grow into a meaningful way to tell stories, and I’m excited to explore the possibilities for Apocalypse Now for a new platform and a new generation.”

While some might consider the move to be nothing short of sacrilege, in an attempt to maintain the creative freedom of the project, and match the creative vision and artistic integrity of the film, American Zoetrope has taken the step of inviting fans of the film, as well as gamers, to make the game possible via Kickstarter.

The ‘all or nothing’ campaign, which launched at the end of the January, runs until February 24, 2017. It’s hoped that the array of incentives being offered as part the process, which include a special message from Coppola himself, will help them hit their $900,000 goal.

After just a few days, the campaign has already pulled in $136,178.


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