Decades after Francis Ford Coppolas The Godfather The saga has concluded that the infinite fascination with both the films themselves and their making continues. The director himself just did finished Barry Jenkins is a brand new cut of the third entry drawing Inspiration from the second entry for his new one Lion King Film, and now another project has surfaced that will delve deep into the making of the first film.
Deadline reports that Oscar Isaac will appear as Francis Ford Coppola and Jake Gyllenhaal as Robert Evans Francis and the Godfather, a new film by Barry Levinson. Based on a Black List script by Andrew Farotte, the drama will follow the tumultuous battles that saw the first film released in the early 1970s. (For anyone who has studied the specifics of the numerous CD releases, especially Coppola’s comments, this story is already very well known.)
“Out of the madness of the production and against all odds, a classic film happened,” said Levinson. Among the many hardships of making the film under Robert Evans – who was Paramount Pictures’ vice president and production director at the time – included the expensive filming on location in NYC, the gamble of casting Marlon Brando, who was past his Prime as well involvement in real gangsters. And it was all in the hands of a 31-year-old director, which made for a pretty wild story.
Coppola has also already given his blessing without saying anything direct, adding, “Any film Barry Levinson makes about anything will be interesting and worthwhile!” The casting of Isaac and Gyllenhaal is pretty perfect as the former is already showing some mob drama action A violent yearand the latter certainly able to bring the energy to a man like Evans. Let’s hope Levinson can deliver the drama intended for an already familiar story. With David Fincher Deficiencyabout the production of Citizen Kaneand Ben Affleck’s drama, which is the background of Chinatown Along the way, it seems like this trend of exploring classic Hollywood productions has only just begun.
Check out an interview with Evans (who passed away late last year) about his career below.