The Godfather is one of the most influential sagas in cinema history, however, the third and final film The Godfather Part III has always lagged behind its predecessors. The director Francis Ford Coppolla himself has been open about the shame of how the third film came out, but now 30 years later, he has a second chance! The Godfather Part III will be re-released as a new version edited the way Francis envisioned with major changes to redeem it.
The new cut will be titled The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, and has been adjusted in the way Francis and his screenwriter, the late Mario Puzo believed it should have been.
Francis Ford Coppola Is Launching a New Version of The Godfather III
This updated version is expected to have far better closure than the original and is set to be more in line with what was originally planned before studio interference. Thus, this version is expected to have far better closure and go more in line with what was originally planned. Through Paramount, Francis Ford Coppola announced:
"Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Coda: the Death of Michael Corleone is an acknowledgment of Mario's and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became The Godfather: Part III. For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots, and music cues. With these changes and the restored footage and sound, to me, it is a more appropriate conclusion to The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II and I'm thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it."
He previously spoke to Deadline expressing that he wanted to also edit the film to shine a better light on his daughter Sofia Coppola's character "I want to show Sofia a new version because she is so beautiful in it and so touching. She wasn't an actress but she was the real thing, playing that 19-year-old Italian girl in love with her own cousin." He added, "I believe in a new version of The Death of Michael Corleone, Sofia's performance will vindicate her."
Andrea Kalas, Vice President of the Paramount Archives, made it clear that this new version that will be available in 4K, will bear Coppola's stamp and quality.
"Mr. Coppola oversaw every aspect of the restoration while working on this new edit, ensuring that the film not only looks and sounds pristine but also meets his personal standards and directorial vision.
The new version will be available for a limited time in theaters in December, and will later be available online.