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Francis And The Godfather (D: Levinson) S: Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal

EXCLUSIVE: Barry Levinson will direct Francis And The Godfather, with Oscar Isaac starring as Francis Coppola and Jake Gyllenhaal as Robert Evans in a drama about the legendary and wild battles that went into making the 1972 classic The Godfather. The film is based a Black List script by Andrew Farotte that was redeveloped by Levinson. Echo Lake Entertainment’s Mike Marcus, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding are producing with Kevin Turen, Jon Levin and Baltimore Pictures’ Jason Sosnoff.

Endeavor Content is handling worldwide rights with FilmNation.

While The Godfather is considered to be one of the greatest American films and a symbol of the ’70s auteur era, getting there was no easy task. Coppola was 31 at the time, determined to convince Evans and the studio to allow him to film expensively in New York, set in the time period of a novel which would become a big bestseller. This after the original Mario Puzo script was set in contemporary Kansas City. Among the other debates was the idea to gamble on Marlon Brando, an eclectic character who hadn’t been in a hit film in years, to play mob family patriarch Don Corleone (for which he would win the Best Actor prize), and also Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, a character who slowly evolved from a desire to get far away from the family business to taking it over when it was clear his father would be murdered even after a bungled assassination attempt. Evans, who took the top job after a career as an actor, had pressures all his own, as the studio was in danger of closing up shop. There was also the uneasy discussions with real mobsters who were none too pleased to have their dirty business to be aired in a major studio film.

“Out of the madness of production, and against all odds, a classic film happened,” Levinson said.

The behind the scenes stories are ones that I’ve heard for many years from Peter Bart, my boss for 20 years at Variety (and sometimes coauthor on a back and forth column about movies. Bart was pried away from The New York Times to become Evans’ number two creative executive, and he was at the center of all these glorious arguments. It will be very interesting to see who Levinson casts to play him. and for that matter, Robert Duvall (Tom Hagen), James Caan (Sonny Corleone), John Cazale (Fredo), Talia Shire (Connie Corleone), Diane Keaton (Kay Corleone) and the rest of that fantastic cast. But the film clearly focuses on the clashes between filmmaker and a studio chief who badly needed a hit.

Aside from the Oscar for Brando — who famously boycotted the proceedings and sent to accept his trophy Sacheen Littlefeather, an Apache activist for Native American rights, as the actor protested Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans and the standoff at Wounded Knee — the film won Best Picture and another for Best Adapted Screenplay for Puzo and Coppola. There is rich terrain here for a movie for buffs. Ben Affleck is directing something similar in a movie about the making of Chinatown.

For his part, Coppola (who just did a new cut of the final film he’s entitled Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death Of Michael Corleone), has given his approval.

Said Coppola: “Any movie that Barry Levinson makes about anything, will be interesting and worthwhile!”

Echo Lake’s Mike Marcus, who has seen versions of behind the curtain movie making drama as a top agent at CAA and MGM studio chief, said: “Here was a young man who lived outside the system and every step of the way the system was telling him, ‘You can’t do that.’ But Francis never gave up on his vision and the result speaks for itself.”

Isaac is repped by WME and Inspire Entertainment; Gyllenhaal and Levinson by WME.
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Re: Francis And The Godfather (D: Levinson) S: Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal

This is from years after the godfather but is a look into FFC’s feelings on Evans. Really
looking forward to the film.

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Re: Francis And The Godfather (D: Levinson) S: Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal

Hopefully they'll dedicate some time in this movie explaining why Coppola spells "annoy" with one N.
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It is anoying.
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Re: Francis And The Godfather (D: Levinson) S: Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal

Originally Posted by Groucho
Hopefully they'll dedicate some time in this movie explaining why Coppola spells "annoy" with one N.
Or ridiculous with an e.
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I’m pretty familiar with the making of The Godfather and in my opinion it doesn’t really warrant a movie adaptation.
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Re: Francis And The Godfather (D: Levinson) S: Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal

I'd much rather see a documentary about it. Has there ever been one?
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Re: Francis And The Godfather (D: Levinson) S: Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal

We are also getting this for Paramount+ eventually:
“The Offer”: A scripted limited event series from Paramount Television Studios, based on Oscar-winning producer Al Ruddy’s extraordinary, never-revealed experiences of making “The Godfather.” The 10-episode event series is written and executive produced by Michael Tolkin (“Escape at Dannemora” and “The Player”). Ruddy will also serve as executive producer, and Emmy-winning producer Leslie Greif (“Hatfields & McCoys”) will executive produce and be a writer on theseries.
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Re: Francis And The Godfather (D: Levinson) S: Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
I'd much rather see a documentary about it. Has there ever been one?
A lot of this is covered between The Kid Stays In The Picture and the making of on The Godfather DVD.

I have no faith in Levinson as a director, but like the casting. Ideally, they should just have Isaac and Gyllenhaal do this as a ten minute skit for Drunk History or something.
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Re: Francis And The Godfather (D: Levinson) S: Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal

After watching The Kid Stays in the Picture I got a sense that Robert Evans was kind of a skeevy dude. Maybe it’s because he reminded me of The Colonel from Boogie Nights.

I’m down for this movie, I love both Isaac and Gyllenhaal, although like a poster above mentioned, Levinson hasn’t made a worthwhile movie in 20 years.
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Re: Francis And The Godfather (D: Levinson) S: Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal

So that's TWO upcoming major motion pictures set in the early 1970s about the making of an iconic film with actors playing Robert Evans.
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Re: Francis And The Godfather (D: Levinson) S: Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
After watching The Kid Stays in the Picture I got a sense that Robert Evans was kind of a skeevy dude. Maybe it’s because he reminded me of The Colonel from Boogie Nights.

I’m down for this movie, I love both Isaac and Gyllenhaal, although like a poster above mentioned, Levinson hasn’t made a worthwhile movie in 20 years.
His last two films for HBO were good.
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Re: Francis And The Godfather (D: Levinson) S: Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal

Originally Posted by dex14
His last two films for HBO were good.
I actually changed my wording in my original post from “good” to “worthwhile”. Paterno and Wizard of Lies weren’t terrible but I thought they were incredibly pedestrian. Like, any random director for hire could have made the same exact movie.
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Re: Francis And The Godfather (D: Levinson) S: Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal

Count me in.

It is probably better than most of the crap released in 2020
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Re: Francis And The Godfather (D: Levinson) S: Oscar Isaac, Jake Gyllenhaal

Elle Fanning has been cast in Francis and The Godfather — the project about the making ofThe Godfather — playing Ali MacGraw.

She joins a cast that also includes Oscar Isaac as Francis Ford Coppola, Jake Gyllenhaal as Robert Evans, and Elisabeth Moss as Eleanor Coppola.

Barry Levinson will direct Francis and The Godfather, which is based on a Black List script by Andrew Farotte that was redeveloped with Levinson.

The feature will chronicle the battles between Coppola, who was 31 at the time, and Evans, which included taking a gamble on casting Marlon Brando, who had not had a hit in years, and a then-little-known Al Pacino. At the time, MacGraw was married to Paramount's head of production Evans.

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