Paramount Movies released the trailer of the newly-edited version of The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, on Tuesday. The new cut version of the 1990 film The Godfather Part III was released on the eve of the film’s 30th anniversary.
The edited version of the original will come with a different ending and opening sequence.
On Wednesday, the makers uploaded a video clip of the film’s director Francis Ford Coppola speaking about the release of the edited version.
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In the clip, the director said that while writing the film with Mario Puzo, the author of the book on which the films are based, had named the third part as The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone.
“I haven’t given it a new title, rather its original title, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone,“ he said.
“In musical terms, a coda is sort of like an epilogue. It’s a summing up and that’s what we intended the movie to be,” he added.
The story of the film revolves around the end of the patriarch of the family, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino). He tries to expand his empire by striking deal with the Vatican Bank. Unwilling to share, he makes enemies including with the Pope, who still had not approved of Corleone’s deal with the bank. What follows is a streak of plans and attacks on gangs and the end of the Godfather.
The film is inspired by two real-life incidents- the death of Pope John Paul I and the Papal banking scandal.
As per the Oscar-winning director, the scenes have been repositioned and the film has been re-pictured.
The film is the final installment of the Godfather franchise, that also includes The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), all of which dealt with the Italian mafia reign in 20th century US.