The Godfather’s 50th anniversary arrives with a movie and a series about how they made it

Fifty years ago this week The Godfather premiered in theaters across America.  That fiftieth anniversary is netting more than one re-creation from Hollywood of the making of that movie.  Barry Levinson is directing Francis and The Godfather, a movie starring Oscar Isaac as The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola facing off against Jake Gyllenhaal as producer Robert Evans (an actor who eventually produced Chinatown), with Elle Fanning as Ali MacGraw, and Elisabeth Moss as Eleanor Coppola.  It began filming last year, so expect it in theaters or streaming by year end.

Before that arrives, a limited series that is also about the making of The Godfather is heading to streaming service Paramount+ next month.  The Offer has an impressive cast, all seemingly well cast against their real-life counterparts.  Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts) plays Coppola, Matthew Goode (Watchmen) plays Evans, and Miles Teller (Fantastic Four, Top Gun: Maverick) plays producer Albert S. Ruddy.

Here is the trailer for The Offer:

Juno Temple (Electric Dreams) plays Bettye McCartt, assistant to Ruddy and later agent for Tom Selleck, Billy Dee Williams, and George Clooney.  Colin Hanks (Orange County, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) plays a fictionalized exec.  Other actors include Giovanni Ribisi as a contemporary mafia boss, plus Burn Gorman, Eric Balfour, and Lou Ferrigno.

An offer you can’t refuse, the first of ten episodes of The Offer arrives on Paramount+ April 28, 2022.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg

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