Are you one of those people who sat and watched the horrors of war, hubris and mankind’s cruelty in the film “Apocalypse Now” and thought maybe this would be better as a video game? Well, the film’s director has good news for you! It appears Francis Ford Coppola has started a Kickstarter campaign that will bring the violent madness of Captain Benjamin Willard’s journey to terminate Colonel Kurtz with extreme prejudice in game form.
“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,” Coppola said in the Reuters post linked above.
You can’t make this stuff up.
The game will be an RPG, and “You are building your version of Captain Willard, not ours and not necessarily the movie’s. Your skills will affect your dialogues, what dialogue choices you have, and will open up different avenues of approach to the characters in the world. Character Skills for you personally will have their greatest impact on two things: 1) how you interact with the characters you meet; 2) how you navigate the jungle,” the Kickstarter site says.
The Kickstarter campaign is seeking to raise $900,000 for the game, though if history of “Apocalypse Now” from the documentary “Hearts of Darkness” has taught me anything, the game will probably go over budget, Coppola might experience a mental breakdown and an elderly Martin Sheen may once again be hospitalized due to the psychological torment of the process.