Hollywood is no stranger to movies about making movies. Hithcock had told the story of how Psycho was made and Saving Mr. Banks tried to tell the story of what happened behind the scenes of Mary Poppins. Now a movie is in the works attempting to tell the story behind the making of one of the most celebrated crime dramas of all time—The Godfather.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, director Barry Levinson (Man of the Year) is set to direct a film called Francis and The Godfather which will tell the story of how director Francis Ford Coppola was able to pull of his seminal feature.
What’s impressive is the movie has managed to cast some great leads. Oscar Isaac (Star Wars) is going to be playing the role of Coppola, and Jake Gyllenhaal will be playing the role of former Paramount studio head Robert Evans.
Here’s a short description of the movie:
The feature will chronicle the battles between Coppola, who was 31 at the time, and Evans, which included taking a gamble on casting Marlon Brando, who had not had a hit in years, and a then-little-known Al Pacino.
Director Levinson had said about the project, “Out of the madness of production, and against all odds, a classic film happened,” and Coppola himself had also said, “Any movie that Barry Levinson makes about anything, will be interesting and worthwhile!”
While biopics are kind of flawed from the get-go, looking for structure in a life story, there is something better about films that focus on specific achievements of real-life people. With Godfather being such a celebrated movie, I’m interesting to see what kind of story it has to tell behind the scenes.
No release date has been set for Francis and the Godfather.