Jake Gyllenhaal And Oscar Isaac To Star In Film About The Making Of The Godfather
Isaac will play the visionary filmmaker behind the famous mafia trilogy, whilst Gyllenhaal will play producer Robert Evans.
Barry Levinson, the Academy Award winning director of Rain Man and Good Morning, Vietnam, will direct.
The film will document the trials and tribulations that the pair underwent to make sure that the epic 1972 film starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino went forward.
Oh, and there were a few.
Based on Mario Puzo's book of the same name, The Godfather was not an easy film to get made.
First off, the original source material was set in Kansas City, but the 31-year-old Coppola wanted to film in New York.
That meant it was going to cost them.
To follow that up, there was the casting. The decision to stick with Brando and Pacino in the roles was a subject of much debate, not least because Brando hadn't been in a big film for years.
Of course, he would go on to claim the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Don Corleone, but they weren't to know that.
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The studio was in disarray at the time of the film's creation, and there was a gang of real mobsters who weren't too keen on the idea of their practises and businesses playing out in a popular film on the big screen.
Basically, there's a lot of subject matter to cover.
Of the film, Levinson said: "Out of the madness of production, and against all odds, a classic film happened."
It isn't yet know who will play real-life actors who starred in the original film, such as Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and James Caan, but the new movie will focus primarily on the young director out to make a masterpiece and the studio executive in need of a big success.
For what it is worth, Francis Ford Coppola himself has given his blessing to the new film.
Deadline reports the 81-year-old auteur as having said: "Any movie that Barry Levinson makes about anything, will be interesting and worthwhile!"
Coppola himself has just finished a new cut of the final movie that he's called Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Coda: The Death Of Michael Corleone.
Echo Lake Entertainment's Mike Marcus, who has seen that behind-the-curtain movie, said: "Here was a young man who lived outside the system and every step of the way the system was telling him, 'You can't do that.' But Francis never gave up on his vision and the result speaks for itself."
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