A new movie about the making of The Godfather has cast two of its lead roles. Oscar Isaac will play Francis Coppola and Jake Gyllenhaal will play studio head Robert Evans, according to a report from Deadline.
Coppola and Evans famously clashed over the making of the 1972 movie, which would go on to be a massive hit, winning three Oscars–including Best Picture–and spawning two sequels.
The new movie, which is called Francis And The Godfather, will be directed by Oscar-winner Barry Levinson (Rain Man, The Natural).
As Deadline reminds us, while The Godfather has gone on to be remembered as an iconic American film, it was never a sure thing that the movie would even be made. Coppola was only 31 years old when he was working on the movie, which was an expensive shoot in New York City.
Coppola and Evans are said to have clashed on a number of items, including the casting of Marlon Brando as the mob boss Don Corleone. Brando would go on to win Best Actor for the role. Another factor at play was that the actual mob was not very excited about their stories being told in a major Hollywood movie.
In other news about The Godfather, the third instalment in the series, which was originally released in 1990, is getting a brand-new edit and coming to theaters and digitally this December under the title The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone.
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