While many fans have been calling for a continuation of the relentlessly brilliant film series The Godfather, director Francis Ford Coppola has poured cold water on any potential new creations.
Having seen The Godfather Part III receive a brand new edit and restoration, a new audience has been caught up in the mafioso world of Vito Corleone and his family. The original release, which came 16 years after The Godfather Part II, saw Al Pacino’s masterful command of the character he had become so equated with dominating the film as he tried to free his family from a life of crime.
The Godfather Coda: The Death Of Michael Corleone was released in cinemas earlier this month in what Coppola described as “an acknowledgement of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became The Godfather: Part III.”
The release came shortly after it was announced that both Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal will star in Francis And The Godfather, a project which is set to focusing on the making of The Godfather as numerous different spin-offs of the franchise come to the fore.
Despite the resurgence, director Coppola has no intentions of being creatively involved with other projects related to the story. “Me and The Godfather are done now,” he recently told the Guardian. “There is more that [screenwriter] Mario Puzo wrote that we never used.”
Despite his admission, Coppola did concede that the series could continue in other avenues, just without his contribution: “But I don’t own The Godfather, Paramount owns The Godfather, and they may well decide to make more films,” he said. “I feel that I’ve made my trilogy. I have other fish to fry.”