Francis Ford Coppola is unveiling an updated version of The Godfather Part III ahead of the film’s 30th anniversary – and it has a brand new title too.
Bosses at Paramount announced news of the re-cut and restored version of the production on Thursday (September 3, 2020).
Based on Mario Puzo’s book, the film will also be renamed Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, and debut for a limited time in theatres this December before heading to a video on demand release.
“Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is an acknowledgment of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became ‘The Godfather: Part III,'” Coppola tells Deadline. “For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots, and music cues. 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 and I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it.”
The production follows the Oscar-wining The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, which are considered two of the greatest films ever made. By contrast, the third installment was not as well received. Released in 1990, the family crime drama featured Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, Talia Shire, and the filmmaker’s daughter Sofia Coppola.
“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 of Paramount Archives.