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Francis Ford Coppola’s Return to Comic-Con After 20 Years

EW had breaking news this week that Hollywood heavyweight and living legend Francis Ford Coppola will make an appearance at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con for the first time in 20 years (the last time was to preview 1991’s Dracula). He’ll be giving a special sneak peek with scenes and music from his upcoming independent horror flick Twixt (formerly known as Twixt Now and Sunrise) starring Val Kilmer (MacGruber, Gun), Bruce Dern (TV’s Big Love, Monster), Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line, Me and Orson Welles) and Elle Fanning (Super 8)

Coppola describes the film as inspired by authors Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne and apparently came to him during a “vivid dream” in Istanbul  The official synopsis gives you an inkling of what to expect from the famed director and the premise does sound promising on paper: “A  writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl.  That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V.  He’s unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him.  Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has more to do with his own life than he could ever have anticipated.”

Coppola goes on to describe Twixt asone part Gothic romance, one part personal film, and one part the kind of horror film that began my career.” And of course as most films these days, will feature a mix of 2-D and 3-D elements.

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Select scenes of Twixt will be presented by the famed filmmaker along with some of the film’s score being performed live by musician Dan Deacon at Comic-Con 2011’s  Hall H auditorium on Saturday July 23.