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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Edwin Pereyra, Oct 21, 2002.
I agree with Seth. This seems to be a completely money-driven campaign...and a half-assed one at that.
Putting this aside, I believe it was on the extra disc that Coppola talked about his discussions with Puzo about a fourth movie. He mentioned how the structure would be similar to Part II, with the contrasting timelines being that of Vito and Sonny duking it out with other families that was mentioned in Part I, and Vincent's hold on the family, further going down hill. And since the finale of Part III never specifies the time of Michael's death, he could have a scene or two with Vincent.
Yes, Puzo said that he would love to do a fourth Godfather, which detailed the years between 1927 and 1945, showing the Corleone family's rise to power. I think it's a good idea, if done well. It could be great. Vito and Sonny still alive, Michael very young. We'll get to see how (as the quote goes from Godfather Part II) the Corleone family was once "like the Roman Empire".
Actually, they would have been better to do that storyline then what they filmed in III. The years of 1927-1945 would have been very interesting to see on film where you would really see how the organization functioned, why Luca Brasi was so feared and especially Al Capone's attempt to take over Vito's operations
Oh when will people learn!!! This is going to be guaranteed crap! Further evidence the Hollywood creativity machine is bankrupt. I'm sorry, Part III was complete garbage, what would make this any different?
This does sound like a pretty shameless cash run, but I think it could still be good, especially if they get DeNiro to play to Vito again. My biggest worry is casting. I can see it already--Ben Affleck as Sonny, Matt Damon as Tom Hagen, Vin Diesel as Luca Brasi, etc. I really hope that doesn't happen. I would rather see them cast unknowns.
Hey, Vin Diesel as Luca Brasi sounds interesting.
Anyone heard if Coppola's going to be involved at all? I know it was Puzo's original novel but the sense I got from all the extras was that as time went on, Coppola had a very active role in the creation of the story. Or is he totally out of the loop now and disinterested (what with all that happened w/ GF3)?
Now hold on (reapplying Seth's upthread foot to the brake)...
This book hasn't been written, an author hasn't even been "selected", and there is no movie deal.
God willing, it will stay that way.
So beside Puzo thinking it would be interesting to explore some other aspects of the story in the future, is there ANYTHING on paper/storyboard/etc that is in the VOICE of either the author or original filmmakers?
If not then this is a big crapshoot that could go any number of ways. Like I've pointed out with other sequels, there is risk/reward here. They will benefit from the name bringing in customers (for book and eventual film), but they also will be forced to deal with comparisons.
If they want to put their necks out there for some cash, fine, but that downside (the comparisons) is risky for any established artist.
Obviously not only Sopranos, but Goodfellas/Casino show that there is plenty of room for mafia films to make money. I would really expect another artist to prefer to simply generate and explore their OWN characters, rather than serve as a contracted workman filling out someone else's dreams.
So why not just find a new writer interested in starting some new mafia storyline?
Well, anyway, sometimes you get lucky and you find someone talented who actually has very strong artistic goals within someone else's created world and you get a hit.
I think that IF/WHEN a cast and director are named, or even when we see a novel, we will pretty much know what the intentions behind the product are - artistic or just greed. That will be plenty early for me to avoid paying any money to either the book or film.
BTW, we already have a new mafia film on the way this December.
I don't know whether to dance for joy or cringe in fear.
Maybe they will claim that Michael Corleone didn't really die....he just feel asleep in that chair