Many directors who have achieved long-standing success in the film-making industry, have names that are synonymous with some of their greatest works. When one thinks of Orson Welles or Ridley Scott, cinematic classics Citizen Kane and Alien spring to mind for these two men.
If someone was to say the name Francis Ford Coppola, two things will click immediately. Apocalypse Now and The Godfather film trilogy. Both of these particular cinematic gems are famous for the stories they have brought to the big screen and are infamous as well for the problems associated with them.
For The Godfather Part III, it has suffered greatly from a bad reputation as the least strong of the three movies. Now Paramount Pictures and Coppola are teaming up to release a re-edit of the movie, one that will honor the original vision and spirit of the finale.
Coppola released a statement about the planned re-edit:
Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is an acknowledgement of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became The Godfather: Part III. 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.”
While there are n official dates yet, there will be a limited theatrical release in December, followed by a general release on digital platforms and disc.