"The Godfather: Part III" Is Getting a Do-Over — and a New Ending


When it was released in 1990, director Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part III was met with a mixed critical and commercial reception. Picking up the story of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), who was last seen in 1974’s The Godfather: Part II, many fans felt let down. Now, Paramount has announced that it will release a newly edited version of the film, supervised by Coppola, that will also include a new ending. The new version, titled Mario Puzo’s The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, is said to be closer to what Coppola and The Godfather author and screenwriter, Mario Puzo, had in mind for the closing chapter of the film series. According to Coppola, the film will feature a new beginning, ending, and scenes that have been “rearranged.” Coppola calls it a “more appropriate conclusion” to the saga, which he never considered to be a trilogy. It’s not known whether the new version will make it to theaters, as Paramount has suggested, or whether it will screen at drive-ins because of COVID-19. Either way, the studio also plans on a digital and DVD release.