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Francis Ford Coppola promises new ‘The Godfather Part III’ edit with a new finale

The Godfather Part III is to receive a brand new edit and restoration and is scheduled to hit cinemas in December, it has been confirmed.

The Francis Ford Coppola edit will also be given a digital and DVD release too making it the first time it has done so.

The 1990 picture has received a new title, Mario Puzo’s The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, and plays more closely to Coppola’s original vision for the film, paying homage to screenwriter Mario Puzo too.

The new title “is an acknowledgement of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became ‘The Godfather: Part III,'” said Coppola in a statement.

“For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots, and music cues,” said Coppola in a comment to AFP. “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.'”

The original release came 16 years after The Godfather Part II and 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.

Diane Keaton and Talia Shire also reprise their roles while Robert Duvall refused to return as Tom Hagen. The film never matched the original two but it still received seven nominations for Academy Awards. Sofia Coppola is also given a role in the film as she takes on Mary Corleone, a performance which was largely criticised by the press.

Those worried about this being a studio-ran event needn’t worry, “Mr. Coppola oversaw every aspect of the restoration while working on the new edit, ensuring that the film not only looks and sounds pristine, but also meets his personal standards and directorial vision,” said Andrea Kalas, senior vice president, Paramount Archives.

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