More horses’ heads? – The beginning of a new Godfather trilogy scheduled for 2016Paramount Pictures, one of the biggest players in Hollywood made a huge announcement this morning that will no doubt drive film fans into a frenzy – 44 years after it’s release, the legendary mafia crime-drama The Godfather is getting a remake – and what’s more, the flick is starring none other than Johnny Depp himself.
In the press release, Paramount Pictures revealed that they had been planning a remake since 2002, but that they had not been able to find anyone who they thought could live up to Marlon Brando’s august performance in the original. This is what Francis Ford Coppola, the director of the 1972 film as well as the upcoming remake, had to say:
– You know when you got a film as successful and as influential as The God Father, there’s this unspoken rule in Hollywood that you’ve got to make a remake and relaunch the story for a new generation. I am not ashamed of this, it’s what we do in Hollywood and it’s a great opportunity to create a new exciting version. This project has been on the drawing board for almost 15 years and I was just about to give up on it until 2010 when I saw The Tourist in the cinemas and saw Depp’s energy and fire, I knew I wanted him to be Vito Corleone. Five years later, we are well into production and are expecting a 2016 release. Working with Depp is a blessing and he is really nailing his role!”
The film will have the same plot and storyline of the original, but the scenes that will be used to tell the story however, will be mostly new and completely rewritten. Coppola elaborates:
– As much as some of my guys just want to do The Godfather scene by scene with the same script out of laziness, there is no way I’m venturing out on this journey without really refreshing the film and its story. For example, this remake is not set in the 1940’s but in 2016 and obviously there are going to be differences because of the era. I think both fans of The Godfather and those who are new to the story will love what we are doing here.”
The other two films in the upcoming trilogy are scheduled for 2018 and 2020.
Further news on this movie can be expected closer to the release date, but in the meantime, you can discuss the upcoming blockbuster under the hashtag #GodfatherRemake