Coppola Will Release Expanded ‘Apocalypse Now’ at Cannes

Those who enjoyed “Apocalypse Now” will be glad to know that director Francis Ford Coppola plans to screen his landmark film this May at the Cannes Film Festival. The film promises to be bigger, better and more disturbing than ever.

Coppola has added nearly an hour of footage to the new version of the 1979 war epic. In a statement Coppola said that the new version is three hours and seventeen minutes long, and does not re-use scenes left out of the 1979 release. Instead it was re-edited using original material.

Coppola calls the new version of the film “a more disturbing, sometimes funnier and more romantic film, whose historical perspective has become more forceful.” It’s also 53 minutes longer than the original.

Inspired by the Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” the film stars Martin Sheen as a special agent sent into the Cambodian jungle on a mission to kill a renegade officer, played by Marlon Brando.

Joining Coppola in re-cutting the film was Walter Murch, one of the original editors who shared an Oscar for best sound on the movie. Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who won an Oscar for his photography, oversaw the reprinting of the film.

The soundtrack has also been restored, converted to digital format and updated to incorporate additional footage.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival runs from May 9 to May 20. The festival’s president, Gilles Jacob, said Coppola would attend the screening, but that an official date has not yet been set.