In this age of never ending remakes and reboots in Hollywood, it’s nice to know that there are still at least a few classics that are considered off limits. That being said, there are plenty of other ways to capitalize on a popular property without producing a sequel or remake. HBO is planning to embrace one of these possibilities this year with a new movie that will explore the making of one of the greatest films of all time: Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. The film’s production is well known for being a tumultuous one with Coppola himself still a young up and coming filmmaker struggling to prove himself. Clearly there is an interesting story to be told here, although finding the right cast to play some of these iconic actors may not be easy. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, HBO is developing Francis & the Godfather, a feature film about the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 adaptation of Mario Puzo’s bestselling novel. The movie is being produced by Echo Lake Entertainment (Nebraska, Truth) from a script by Andrew Farotte, which landed on the 2015 Black List. Peter Bart, a former Paramount exec who worked closely with Robert Evans and Coppola, will serve as a consultant on the film.
HBO produced a similar film a few years ago called The Girl, which focused on the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. Disney also produced Saving Mr. Banks about the making of Mary Poppins, although ironically they are now moving forward with a new Mary Poppins sequel anyway. Francis Ford Coppola does not appear to be involved in this film, although he did just publish The Godfather Notebook last year which features a reproduction of his notes used during filming. Would you watch a movie about the making of The Godfather?