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Paramount Allows The Godfather Prequel to Go Forward
Examiner ^ | May 14, 2012 | Sean O'Neal

Posted on 05/16/2012 3:45:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Paramount and the estate of Mario Puzo have come to an understanding on the release of the long-disputed, Puzo-outlined prequel novel The Family Corleone, after the latter made the studio a mediation offer it couldn't refuse, and other allusions to the movie that will soon follow. After the book detailing Vito Corleone's rise to power in Depression-era New York debuted in bookstores and online last Tuesday, the late author's son revealed that Paramount and the estate had reached a deal "several weeks ago" to put all of its profits in escrow until they can reach an agreement on the publishing rights, and ensure that neither party walks out with just their dick in their hand. It's a fragile accord, and both parties swear on the souls of their grandchildren that they will not be the ones to break the peace they've made.

Of course, representatives for the Puzos remain committed to ensuring that no one ever takes sides with anyone against the family again, ever, by attempting to wrest back the Godfather copyright from Paramount entirely. The Puzos' attorney, Bert Fields, even argues that the current deal only came about because of the way Paramount "extorted" them by threatening to shut down the book's publication entirely, essentially telling them that either their brains or their signature would be on the contract (with apologies for the legalese). But as of right now, it seems likely that every time the Puzos try to get out from Paramount, they'll pull them back in: The studio has filed motions to dismiss all attempts to hand over the Godfather rights as an unfounded, illegal "radical remedy," and reiterated that mining future profits from The Godfather is strictly business, not personal.

So, this is just a temporary truce while the two sides figure out how to split the book's proceeds—but as Paramount's lawyer noted, things could change if the book does well and "there's an attraction to do a movie." Of course, that would only happen if the modern film industry were obsessed with making reboots of established properties based wholly on name recognition. Studio executives and producers don't do that. Do you know how naïve you sound, Michael?


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Business/Economy; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: godfather; movies

1 posted on 05/16/2012 3:45:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Somehow, I think this will end up like it was directed by Fredo...


2 posted on 05/16/2012 3:45:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Sounds like someone will sleep with the fishes..


3 posted on 05/16/2012 3:50:58 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: nickcarraway
the book detailing Vito Corleone's rise to power in Depression-era New York

Didn't they already show this in Godfather II?

4 posted on 05/16/2012 3:57:14 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: nickcarraway

Someone was offered a deal they couldn’t refuse.


5 posted on 05/16/2012 4:04:30 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: Navy Patriot

Either their brains or their signature was going to wind up on the contract.


6 posted on 05/16/2012 4:06:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Maceman

II touched on some things, but those vignettes were meant more to contrast Vito with Michael’s predicament, rather than telling how Vito came to power....the Godfather started in 1946, whereas in II, the last Vito flashback took place, I believe in the mid-20s, which leaves the whole 1930s out.

I suspect they’ll touch on his partnership with Hyman Roth during Prohibition among other things.


7 posted on 05/16/2012 4:09:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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8 posted on 05/16/2012 4:10:52 PM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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To: nickcarraway

Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in!


9 posted on 05/16/2012 4:21:12 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: nickcarraway

The Fair Godfather (parody)
http://www.wav-sounds.com/parody/thefairygodfather.wav


10 posted on 05/16/2012 4:47:46 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Lazamataz

Luca Brasi was kind of an interesting (if appalling) character...almost a shame we didn’t see more of him.


11 posted on 05/16/2012 4:49:43 PM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: nickcarraway

Godfather I & II are classics...III is a disaster.And I’ll wager that this prequel will be even worse.


12 posted on 05/16/2012 4:53:25 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: another casualty of the "War on Poverty")
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To: Lazamataz

May your first child be a masculine child.


13 posted on 05/16/2012 4:56:47 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: dfwgator

Yeah I think you are right also rise of Godfather sons like Sonny Micheal and Fredo I think Fredo was one kinky dude look where he took Michael and rest to that Cuban bar REMEMBER that some kinky s***** if you know what I mean


14 posted on 05/16/2012 5:22:21 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Gay State Conservative

One thing for sure only good thing about Godfather 3 was Sofia Coppola got whack LOL!

Good director suck as actress


15 posted on 05/16/2012 5:23:42 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: nickcarraway
Somehow, I think this will end up like it was directed by Fredo...

Fredo Baggins

The incompetent mobster hobbit.

16 posted on 05/16/2012 6:18:07 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: nickcarraway; Clemenza

If Hayden Christiansen or Natalie Portman have anything to do with the movie, I’m leaving a horses head on my seat at the movie theater.


17 posted on 05/16/2012 7:26:16 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise

Are they going to hire young Marlon Brando for the title role?


18 posted on 05/16/2012 7:28:18 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: M1903A1

For an expanded view of Luca, check out the book. The movie discarded a lot.


19 posted on 05/16/2012 9:23:47 PM PDT by kallisti (is this all there is?)
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To: nickcarraway; Perdogg; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

All the characters in the original movie, but decades earlier, so they’re all in elementary school. A really, really tough elementary school. Thanks nickcarraway.


20 posted on 05/16/2012 10:16:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Are they going to hire young Marlon Brando for the title role?

Young Marlon Brando will be computer animated, in 3-D, and voiced by Sinbad.

"I'm rested and ready to work!!!"

21 posted on 05/17/2012 8:57:57 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: nickcarraway; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

"I want my daddy's records!"

22 posted on 05/17/2012 9:01:30 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Godfather I & II are classics...III is a disaster.And I’ll wager that this prequel will be even worse.

Especially when they add characters like Jar-Jar Corleone...

23 posted on 05/17/2012 9:04:08 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama has cut and run from what he called "the right war".)
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To: kallisti

I’ve read it. That’s why I called him interesting and appalling...he truly was.


24 posted on 05/17/2012 10:56:16 AM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: M1903A1

Without doubt, the movie barely touched on it.


25 posted on 05/17/2012 11:29:14 AM PDT by kallisti (is this all there is?)
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To: a fool in paradise

...with Robin Williams as Clemenza.


26 posted on 05/17/2012 11:32:22 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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