Published 6:56 PM EDT Sep 3, 2020
“The Godfather” fans are in for a treat.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of “The Godfather: Part III,” Paramount Pictures plans to release a newly restored and edited edition of Francis Ford Coppola’s final installment in the epic gangster trilogy.
Coppola and screenwriter Mario Puzo teamed up to create their “original vision for the finale,” according to a press release. The film will be titled “Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone.”
The movie “is an acknowledgement of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became ‘The Godfather: Part III,'” Coppola said in the press release.
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Coppola said the duo’s new version will feature a “new beginning and ending,” in addition to some “rearranged” 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,'” Coppola said in the press release. “I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it.”
Paramount Pictures plans to release the new edit in theaters for a limited time in December, followed by an at-home release on digital platforms.
“The Godfather: Part III,” starring Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia and Talia Shire, was released in December 1990. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including best picture and best director, but failed to pick up an Oscar.
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