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American film director Francis Ford Coppola has claimed big studio movies like James Bond and Marvel films are all the same in spite of their differing creators.
Coppola certified himself as a central figure in filmmaking with the release of The Godfather in 1972, and throughout his lengthy career has worked on a number of other popular titles including Apocalypse Now and The Godfather sequels.
He has been lauded with numerous Academy Awards and Golden Globes for his work, and it seems he is now using his knowledge of filmmaking to criticise the apparent lack of variation in the modern film industry.
Coppola's comments came in an interview with GQ to mark 50 years since the release of The Godfather, where he discussed recent popular movies such as Dune and No Time To Die.
The director is said to still love movies, but 'not particularly recognize or enjoy the modern movie industry' as he commented: 'There used to be studio films. Now there are Marvel pictures. And what is a Marvel picture? A Marvel picture is one prototype movie that is made over and over and over and over and over again to look different.'
Coppola went on to imply that 'even the talented people' are creating films that are interchangeable, adding: 'You could take Dune, made by Denis Villeneuve, an extremely talented, gifted artist, and you could take No Time to Die, directed by Cary Fukunaga – extremely gifted, talented, beautiful artists, and you could take both those movies, and you and I could go and pull the same sequence out of both of them and put them together.'
'The same sequence where the cars all crash into each other. They all have that stuff in it, and they almost have to have it, if they're going to justify their budget. And that's the good films, and the talented filmmakers.'
Coppola took a break from filmmaking following the release of The Rainmaker in 1997, though he explained to GQ that he 'always felt that I didn't leave the movie business'. Rather, he said, 'The movie business left me.'
He continued: 'It went another direction. So, the movie business changed. As it changed, it was less interesting to me. I began to focus more on my own personal cinema dreams.'
Having found his way back to filmmaking, Coppola is now preparing a big-budget film of his own titled Megalopolis, which is set in a futuristic version of New York and explores the idea of a utopia.
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