When Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather was released in 1972 it changed cinema forever, however, it was far from a smash success reached simply. Production was so fraught with a melodrama of its own that the making-of is set to become a feature film in its own right with Francis And The Godfather.
Oscar Isaac is already in place to take on the role of Francis Ford Coppola while Jake Gyllenhaal has been cast as producer Robert Evans. Now the duo has been joined on the cast sheet by Elizabeth Moss in the role of Eleanor Coppola, the wife and creative foundation of the auteur director.
Brian Levison is set to direct the project, a move which Coppola celebrated, stating: “Any movie that (sic) Barry Levinson makes about anything, will be interesting and worthwhile!”
Whilst Levison himself added, “Out of the madness of production, and against all odds, a classic film happened,” as Coppola continually clashed with producers regarding the direction of the project.
Regarding the hiring of Moss, who starred most recently on the big screen in The Invisible Man, director Levison announced in a statement, “I’ve wanted to work with her for a long time. I couldn’t be more excited about her joining the film. Every performance of Elisabeth’s is nothing short of exceptional.”
As of yet, it remains to be seen who will take on the roles of the eventual smash hit stars in the form of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and James Caan amongst others. No doubt the original casting of these stars will form part of the backbone of Andrew Farotte’s script as Coppola had to scrap with the studio to convince them they were the right actors for the roles.
The project is still very much in its infancy, but the announcement of stars like Moss implies that it has hit the ground running and more announcements should be expected soon. Whether or not the film will reach the heights of last years fellow making-of project Mank remains to be seen for eager fans.
The Godfather is not the only project in which Coppola pushed studios to their limits, his Vietnam war effort Apocalypse Now was also chaotic project, stars signed on for this making-of adaptation will certainly hope this one goes a lot smoother.