Fans of “The Godfather” may have new reason to revisit the notorious third film in the series.
Paramount announced Thursday that director Francis Ford Coppola is hard at work re-editing “The Godfather: Part III” for a theatrical rerelease this December, according to The Playlist.
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The film will now go by the title “Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death Of Michael Corleone” and will feature substantial differences from the original version.
“‘Mario Puzo’s ‘The Godfather’, Coda: The Death Of Michael Corleone’ is an acknowledgment of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became ‘The Godfather: Part III,’” Coppola said. “For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots, and music cues. With these changes and the restored footage and sound, to me, it is a more appropriate conclusion to ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Godfather: Part II’ and I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it.”
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“The Godfather: Part III” was first released in 1990, earning multiple Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. But the film has also been met with mixed-to-negative reviews and response from fans over the years.
Coppola, meanwhile, is no stranger to producing new cuts of his films. In recent decades he has re-edited “Apocalypse Now” twice for the “Redux” and “The Final Cut” releases. He has also produced alternate cuts of his films “The Outsiders” and “The Cotton Club”.