Francis Ford Coppola Returns to Italian-American Family Dramas With New Film

Francis Ford Coppola

Hey, it certainly sounds better than Twixt.

THR reports that Francis Ford Coppola is readying a new feature that should appeal to more of his traditional fanbase. The film is currently untitled, but the outlet reports that it “will chronicle an Italian-American family and span from the 1930s to the 1960s.” The project is also described as “a coming-of-age story that focuses on a boy and girl in their late teens.” While details are obviously slim as of now, The Wrap’s Jeff Snider also tweeted today that “Dance will be a key element in the new Francis Ford Coppola movie. That’s all, folks.” So that’s…something. Oh, is this going to be a new Dirty Dancing? Is that it?

Coppola is currently writing the screenplay himself, and while the project has no firm studio commitments (despite having offices on the Paramount lot), a pair of casting directors have already been brought on (Courtney Bright and Nicole Daniels, who just cast daughter Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring). If the film does focus on a pair of teens, it will likely prove to be a big step forward for whomever they cast, as Coppola at least still has an eye for emerging young talent (see Twixt’s Elle Fanning and Tetro‘s Alden Ehrenreich for proof of that). 

The Godfather helmer has been steadily working over the past few years, but none of his recent films (including Twixt, Tetro, and Youth Without Youth) have had the success, box office or critical, of his best-known works. Could this be a long-overdue return to form?

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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