Screen capture via Kickstarter campaign
Screen capture via Kickstarter campaign

A Kickstarter campaign to fund a roleplaying game based on the 1979 film “Apocalypse Now” has been unveiled by the famed film’s director, Francis Ford Coppola.

Coppola needs money?

“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. “Today, I’m joined by new daredevils, a team who want to make an interactive version of `Apocalypse Now,’ where you are Capt. 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.”

The game is scheduled for a 2020 release. Rewards for donors include props from the film, including the surfboard used by Robert Duvall, early access to pre-release versions of the game, limited edition “Apocalypse Now” – themed merchandise and play sessions with the development team.

A select tier of backers will have the opportunity to give critical feedback directly to the development team.

Donations can be made at

“We will create a game that challenges what an interactive experience can be just as the original motion picture challenged the concept of cinema,” game director Montgomery Markland said.

“We are making a game that we are excited to play. We will deliver a greater variety of experience and interaction than is currently available within the relatively static industry.”

—City News Service

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