Earlier this year it was revealed that Paramount Pictures was giving Francis Ford Coppola a second chance at bringing the Godfather Trilogy to a satisfying ending. Not only would the new cut of the film be fully restored, but it would also have a drastically different beginning and end with a wealth of other changes along the way. After all that work, the first trailer for The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone has been released.
Still considered as the finest two movies of its genre, The Godfather Parts 1 & 2 are tough acts to follow, and Part 3 wasn’t up to the challenge. Released 30 years ago, the trilogy closer hasn’t endured through the decades and it hasn’t won over many new fans. However, the new version of the film hopes to change that, and Paramount has gone all, here’s the official synopsis;
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Godfather: Part III, director/screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola brings a definitive new edit and restoration of the final film in his epic Godfather trilogy—Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), now in his 60s, seeks to free his family from crime and find a suitable successor to his empire. That successor could be fiery Vincent (Andy Garcia)… but he may also be the spark that turns Michael’s hope of business legitimacy into an inferno of mob violence. The film’s meticulously restored picture and sound, under the supervision of American Zoetrope and Paramount Pictures, includes a new beginning and ending, as well as changes to scenes, shots, and music cues. The resulting project reflects author Mario Puzo and Coppola’s original intentions of The Godfather: Part III, and delivers, in the words of Coppola, “a more appropriate conclusion to The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II.”’
The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is being released in selected cinemas (where available) on December 4, and lands on Blu-ray & Digital on December 8.