The iconic and 77-year old film director Francis Ford Coppola could just sit back and relax in an armchair surrounded by the millions of dollars he’s made over his illustrious career, binge watching daytime telly like The Chase with a glass of his very own wine in hand.
But no, the unhinged mind behind Apocalypse Now is campaigning for the Vietnam war epic to be made into a video game, and he wants you to crowdfund it through Kickstarter.
Developed by the guys behind Fallout: New Vegas, Wasteland 2 and Far Cry, the team require $900,000 to create the psychedelic horror RP, were you’ll play an almost insane Captain Willard, leading him from his dingy hotel room in Saigon right into the jungle tasked with the mission assassinating Colonel Walter E. Kurtz.
We know what you’re thinking: why don’t they just get a big games manufacturer to pay for it? Well the team are worried that if they do that, they’ll just turn it into another generic shooter like Call of Duty. Instead they want to make this a unique immersive experience, so if you want to go do a mission you can, but if you want to just go take acid on a boat you can do that too, which sounds completely fucked up but also incredible at the same time.
Here’s what it’ll look like:
Coppola states: “Forty years ago, I set out to make a personal art picture that could hopefully influence generations of viewers for years to come. 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 video games 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.”
Donating $50 will get you a copy of the game when it’s released, but donating $10,000 will get you a box of authentic Vietnam memorabilia, credit as associate producer and entry to the Hollywood party to celebrate its release.
So if you’ve got a spare couple of grand that you were saving for a house, put it to good use. The property market is tits up, gaming is where it’s at.
Crowdfund and watch the video about the project here.