Tucker was revived in 1986 when Coppola's friend, George Lucas, joined as a producer. Tucker: The Man and His Dream produced a spike in prices of Tucker Sedans, as well as a renewed appreciation for Tucker and his automobiles.
Detroit engineer Preston Tucker has been interested in building cars since childhood.
Tucker then receives a call from Howard Hughes, who sends a private plane to bring Tucker to his aircraft manufacturing site.
Hughes advises Tucker to purchase the Aircooled Motors Company, which can supply both the steel Tucker needs, as well as a small, powerful helicopter engine that might replace Tucker's original "589" power plant.
Starting in 1976, Coppola planned Tucker to be both a musical and an experimental film with music and lyrics written by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
The project eventually collapsed when Coppola's American Zoetrope experienced financial problems.During World War II he designed an armored car for the military and made money building gun turrets for aircraft in a small shop next to his home in Ypsilanti, Michigan.Tucker is supported by his large, extended family, including wife Vera and eldest son Preston Jr.Schulman was angered when screenwriter David Seidler, who'd been previously attached to the project, was granted a co-writing credit by the WGA, stating: "Believe me, I was pissed off about the credit grabbing on Tucker. That is one instance where every word of the script is mine." The filmmakers devised a million production budget, but Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Tri Star Pictures and Paramount Pictures wanted Coppola and Lucas to lower it to million.Distributors were also dubious about working with Lucas after the 1986 commercial and critical failures of both Labyrinth Development and production for Tucker: The Man and His Dream included the involvement of Tucker's children and grandchildren.However, Tucker is confronted with allegations of stock fraud. Yellow journalism starts ruining Tucker's public image even though the ultimate courtroom battle is resolved when he parades his entire production run of 50 Tucker Torpedoes, proving that he has reached production status.After giving a speech to the jurors on how capitalism in the United States is harmed by efforts of large corporations against small entrepreneurs like himself, Tucker is acquitted on all charges.The musical would have featured Tucker predominantly, but storylines would have interwoven Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Samuel Firestone and Andrew Carnegie as supporting characters.Leonard Bernstein agreed to write the music, and Betty Comden and Adolph Green were hired to write the lyrics.Tucker: The Man and His Dream is a 1988 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Jeff Bridges. Joan Allen, Martin Landau, Elias Koteas, Frederic Forrest and Christian Slater appear in supporting roles.The film recounts the story of Preston Tucker and his attempt to produce and market the 1948 Tucker Sedan, which was met with scandal between the "Big Three automobile manufacturers" and accusations of stock fraud from the U. In 1973, Coppola began development of a film based on the life of Tucker, originally with Marlon Brando in the lead role.