12:08pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Francis Ford Coppola Launches $900,000 'Apocalypse Now' Video Game Kickstarter
Apocalypse Now, the 1979 war movie that cemented the reputation of Francis Ford Coppola and redefined the genre, is about to make a comeback in the least obvious way imaginable — as a video game co-produced by Coppola's American Zoetrope.
Apocalypse Now: The Game will be, according to the newly launched Kickstarter for the project, "an immersive, psychedelic horror [role-playing game]" designed and built by a team whose experience spans The Witcher, Fallout: New Vegas and Star Wars Galaxies, amongst many other properties.
The Kickstarter, which seeks $900,000, is the first step in what's estimated to be a three-year process towards completion. The game will place the player in the middle of the action as Capt. Benjamin Willard, on a mission to assassinate Colonel Kurtz — but, unlike the movie, they'll have plenty of opportunities to abandon their mission and explore other parts of the Vietnam War.
"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 in a video promoting the Kickstarter. "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."
This isn't the first time one of Coppola's iconic movies has been translated into a video game, as 2006 saw the release of The Godfather: The Game, which lacked the blessing of the director but did feature input from stars James Caan, Robert Duvall and Marlon Brando.
More information about Apocalypse Now: The Game can be found here.