Skip to comments.Paramount Allows The Godfather Prequel to Go Forward
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 proceedsbut 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?
Somehow, I think this will end up like it was directed by Fredo...
Sounds like someone will sleep with the fishes..
Didn't they already show this in Godfather II?
Someone was offered a deal they couldn’t refuse.
Either their brains or their signature was going to wind up on the contract.
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.
Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in!
The Fair Godfather (parody)
Luca Brasi was kind of an interesting (if appalling) character...almost a shame we didn’t see more of him.
Godfather I & II are classics...III is a disaster.And I’ll wager that this prequel will be even worse.
May your first child be a masculine child.
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
One thing for sure only good thing about Godfather 3 was Sofia Coppola got whack LOL!
Good director suck as actress
The incompetent mobster hobbit.
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.
Are they going to hire young Marlon Brando for the title role?
For an expanded view of Luca, check out the book. The movie discarded a lot.
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.
Young Marlon Brando will be computer animated, in 3-D, and voiced by Sinbad.
"I'm rested and ready to work!!!"
"I want my daddy's records!"
Especially when they add characters like Jar-Jar Corleone...
I’ve read it. That’s why I called him interesting and appalling...he truly was.
Without doubt, the movie barely touched on it.
...with Robin Williams as Clemenza.