A re-edited version of "The Godfather Part III" is being released and the new cut features a different beginning and ending that honors the original vision that director Francis Ford Coppola had for the film.
Paramount Pictures confirmed on Thursday that the film will see a limited theatrical release this December and it will be renamed "Mario Puzo’s The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone," which is the original title that was rejected by the studio.
"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,'" Coppola said in a statement to People.
"For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots and music cues," he continued. "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."
It took six months for Coppola's production company American Zoetrope and Paramount Pictures' restoration team to wade through 300 cartons of negatives. They pulled out 50 original takes to replace film optics with a lower resolution in the original negative, according to entertainment website IGN. The result is a new edit with improved quality.
"Mr. Coppola oversaw every aspect of the restoration while working on the new edit, ensuring that the film not only looks and sounds pristine, but also meets his personal standards and directorial vision," Andrea Kalas, the Senior Vice President of Paramount Archives, said.
The third instalment of the Godfather trilogy celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. It was released 16 years after "The Godfather Part II" and is centered around the decision Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) makes to end his family's crime syndicate and the struggles he has with the mob that refuses to let him go.
Despite negative reviews, the movie was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Andy Garcia.
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