The 1979 Vietnam War film "Apocalypse Now" is set to receive a video game adaptation with director Francis Ford Coppola's approval. Coppola and his American company Zoetrope are backing the game adaptation, which has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign.
“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 statement. “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.”
"Apocalypse Now" will be a physiological thriller that throws players into the film's narrative, in the same vein as Telltale Games' choose-your-adventure format. The player will become Martin Sheen's character Captain Willard as he conducts his secret mission to assassinate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). Player decisions will affect the outcome, and potentially give them their own conflicts in the journey.
The game will be helmed by the video game writing and design veterans responsible for video games such as "Gears of War," "Fallout: New Vegas" and more. "Apocalypse Now" is set to arrive in 2020, though backers will be able to gain access in 2019, which is the film's 40th anniversary. You can find out more about the game, including its production goals, on the Kickstarter page.