Four days after wrapping his gothic fable Twixt Now And Sunrise in California at his Napa estate, Francis Ford Coppola was the headline guest for the Marrakech 10th International Film Festival. There, filmmakers Roberto de Paolis and Carlo Lavagna interviewed the 71-year-old who makes some surprising revelations about himself. (De Paolis is a longtime family friend and his father, producer Valerio de Paolis, worked in Sicily on the first two installments of The Godfather ):
EXCLUSIVE: Francis Ford Coppola has begun quietly directing his next feature. I’m told that Coppola is shooting Twixt Now And Sunrise, a thriller with overtones of horror, and that his star is Val Kilmer. Also in the cast are Elle Fanning (Super 8) and Bruce Dern (who long ago starred in the Coppola-scripted The Great Gatsby). But the picture’s fulcrum is Kilmer, who plays a horror novelist. The film is based on a short story written by Coppola. It is shooting in Napa, on Coppola’s property. Coppola hasn’t tackled the horror genre since early in his career, when he directed Dementia 13, and of course Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And some might consider Apocalypse Now to be horror.