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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Paramount Pictures and Mario Puzo's estate settle lawsuit. Someone must have made an offer that couldn't be refused   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 20
    More: Interesting, Mario Puzo, Godfather, counterclaims, breach of contracts, Vito Corleone  
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2012-12-22 02:28:12 AM
Is that...Is that a horses head?
 
2012-12-22 02:41:38 AM
"take the Godfather 3, leave the literary rights"
 
2012-12-22 04:51:36 AM
... Take the cannoli.

This will be a difficult franchise to reboot. The bar is pretty high.
 
2012-12-22 07:35:32 AM
Fredo, you're my brother, and I love you. But don't ever take sides against the Family again.
 
2012-12-22 07:38:47 AM
Either your brains or your signature are going to be on that paper by the end of the day.
 
2012-12-22 07:42:49 AM

Tom_Slick: Either your brains or your signature are going to be on that paper by the end of the day.


And if that goombah tries any rough stuff, you tell him I ain't no band leader! Yeah. I heard that story.
 
2012-12-22 08:18:22 AM
I would have thought they could have settled everything in a sit-down at Louis' Italian Restaurant in the Bronx.
 
2012-12-22 09:14:20 AM
The studio had alleged that prior "sequel novels" had tarnished the legacy over the Godfather franchise and that it was promised in writing that there would be no more literary sequels. It wanted confirmation to preclude the release of The Family Corleone, which was to detail Vito Corleone's rise to power in Depression-era New York.

I admit I'm not up on the novels, but wouldn't that just be a novelization of G2?
 
2012-12-22 09:18:52 AM
And since this has become a quote thread:


I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!
 
2012-12-22 09:28:14 AM

Son of Thunder: And since this has become a quote thread:


I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!


John Cazale was awesome in that scene. The way he physically portrays Fredo as a completely broken man. Hell, he was awesome in the both movies.
 
2012-12-22 10:32:11 AM

born_yesterday: Son of Thunder: And since this has become a quote thread:


I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I'm smart and I want respect!

John Cazale was awesome in that scene. The way he physically portrays Fredo as a completely broken man. Hell, he was awesome in the both movies.


Is there a movie John Cazale wasn't awesome in?
 
2012-12-22 10:34:00 AM
I read the "sequel novels" they're talking about. Ham-fisted attempts to bridge the gap between I and II (Spoiler Alert--Fredo is gay) and continue the story after the events in II (Spoiler Alert--the mob and the CIA attempted to kill Castro, and killed Kennedy). I can't believe anyone in their right minds would want to be associated in any way with those two steaming piles of crap
 
2012-12-22 10:36:15 AM
Where is Fishing with Fredo?

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2012-12-22 12:45:07 PM
The "sequel" novels completely raped the characters that Puzo very intricately crafted. I actually burned them. They were that bad.
 
2012-12-22 01:57:57 PM

Son of Thunder: The studio had alleged that prior "sequel novels" had tarnished the legacy over the Godfather franchise and that it was promised in writing that there would be no more literary sequels. It wanted confirmation to preclude the release of The Family Corleone, which was to detail Vito Corleone's rise to power in Depression-era New York.

I admit I'm not up on the novels, but wouldn't that just be a novelization of G2?


No. The original book hinted around a big mob war in the 1930s (Clemenza said in the movie that something like this comes along every 10 years or so to get rid of all the bad blood) where Sonny made his bones and got into the family business. In fact, Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola were talking about making a movie about this shortly before Puzo's death in 1999. They were even talking about Leonardo DiCaprio playing Sonny.
Actually, a lot of the flashbacks in Godfather II were taken from the original book, but couldn't fit into the first movie.
And I really liked Mark Winegardner. I thought "Crooked River Burning" and "Veracruz Blues" were great books. But I couldn't stand either of his "Godfather" novels.
 
2012-12-22 09:35:59 PM
I'll say it. I actually liked the sequel novels. They weren't as good as the original godfather, granted, but that's a pretty farking high bar to reach for.
 
2012-12-22 09:49:58 PM
So... Ed Falco's sortof a puppet in this?
Ouch.
 
2012-12-22 10:44:16 PM
Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. And may their first child be a masculine child.
 
2012-12-23 02:57:04 PM

Debeo Summa Credo: I'll say it. I actually liked the sequel novels. They weren't as good as the original godfather, granted, but that's a pretty farking high bar to reach for.


I feel the same way about GF3. Not as good as the first two, but still not a bad movie. It only suffers by comparison.
 
2012-12-24 11:26:46 AM
The novel has a lot more about Johnny Fontaine and his transition from singer to movie star/producer.  It was very wisely left out of the movie.

It also has -- and I am not making this up -- a very long digression on Lucy Mancini and her gynecological issues.  Basically, after Sonny is killed, the Corleone Family send her out to Vegas to help in their expanding casino operations, and to see that she's taken care of , and kept away from Sonny's widow. Anyway, one the main reasons she liked Sonny was that, uh, his, hmmm, how shall I put this -- his cannoli was quite large, the only one she'd had that satisfied her.  So she meets a doctor out in Vegas, an ob-gyn (sort of working as abortionist to the stars), who tells her that he can, well, kind of tighten things up down there.

I read that thinking "There's no reason for this subplot to exist except that Puzo wanted to write about a woman's pussy for 40 pages."
 
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