Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 The Godfather is considered one of the greatest movies of all time and The Godfather Part II was even more critically acclaimed. Between them, the movies were nominated for 22 Academy Awards and won 9. The threequel, The Godfather Part III, came in 1990 and was by no means a bad movie—it got 7 Academy Awards nominations—but it is considered the weakest of the three. Now, Coppola is getting to release it again fully restored and with some changes.
Paramount Pictures announced that they will release the movie again under Coppola’s original title: Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (the original movie was an adaptation of Mario Puzo’s book.) The new movie to be released was fully restored by Coppola and his editors. It includes a new beginning and ending as well as different takes of other shots and new musical cues. According to Coppola, the movie is now a “more appropriate conclusion to the Corleone story.”
The movie’s re-release comes on the 30th anniversary of the original release. It will have a short theatrical run in December 2020 and will then be released to digital and physical media in 2021.