Filmmaker Is Done With The Godfather

Director Francis Ford Coppola announces the story of The Godfather is done as he plans to “make a film about the future.”

A recent re-cut version of The Godfather Part III┬átitled Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death Of Michael Corleone got a limited theatrical release with positive reviews, even though many have noted that not much has been changed in the new version.

The new edit, which also includes a different ending, achieves the original vision held by Coppola, 81, and screenwriter Mario Puzo. The Godfather Part III was previously nominated for seven Oscars. Coppola earned two of those nominations.

Coppola has now strongly re-confirmed his earlier sentiments regarding any future films in The Godfather saga by stating he will not be directing any of them if they ever happen. Speaking to The Guardian, the filmmaker said –

“Me and ‘The Godfather‘ are done now. There is more that [screenwriter] Mario Puzo wrote that we never used. But I don’t own ‘The Godfather,’ Paramount owns ‘The Godfather,’ and they may well decide to make more films. I feel that I’ve made my trilogy. I have other fish to fry. Releasing a movie is like following a sports team. You always sigh. Relief always follows the release of a movie, even if it’s a feeling of despondency.”

But the filmmaker has made it explicit that he is not interested in taking the franchise any further as he wants to “make a film about the future” –

“You know the Alfred, Lord Tennyson quote? ‘For I dipped into the future, far as human eye could see, saw the vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be…’ That’s the movie I want to make. It would be called ‘Megalopolis‘,”

“I’m 81 so I hope I have enough years to make it. I want to give the children of the world a vision of the future that is beautiful. That is positive. That is a heaven on Earth because I really think we can have that.”

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather Coda: The Death Of Michael Corleone is currently in cinemas and is all set to make its debut on digital as well as on Blu-ray from December 8th.