Coppola Burgled, Latest Script Stolen

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In a daring Wednesday (Sept. 26) robbery, thieves stole the script for Francis Ford Coppola's new movie.

The Oscar-winning writer-director's Buenos Aires apartment was broken into on Wednesday. Although Coppola was elsewhere, one of his assistants was present and injured in the robbery in which five men made off with a number of computers and a variety of digital equipment.

Of paramount concerned to most involved is the script for Coppola's next film, the multi-generational saga "Tetro." The director had been in Argentina doing pre-production on "Tetro," which will star noted non-Argentine Matt Dillon and will reflect Buenos Aires' strong Italian immigrant community.

For some reason, the thieves were also able to make off with Coppola's backup materials, according to media reports.

One of Coppola's employees made a plea on local television for the script (or at least the computer housing it) saying, "Coppola is very sad and the only thing he's asked for is to get back his computer, which is essential for him and his work."

After roughly a decade's absence from the big screen, Coppola's latest directing effort, "Youth Without Youth," will go into limited release this December.

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