As announced by Paramount on Thursday, Coppola has finally completed a long-discussed new edit of The Godfather Part III, just in time for the film’s 30th anniversary.
The project, saddled with the lengthy title Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, will debut in theaters (where open and available) in December before hitting digital platforms as well as physical media.
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 said in a statement. “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.”
Released on Christmas Day in 1990, The Godfather Part III arrived not just with the expectations established by the first two films—The Godfather and its sequel, The Godfather Part II, were nominated for a combined 22 Oscars and won nine, including best picture in 1973 and 1975—but in the wake of Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic Goodfellas, which debuted in September of the same year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, with Goodfellas so aggressively upending familiar gangster film tropes, the Coppola film failed to fully satisfy either fans or critics.
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