Big news breaks the cinema world as Francis Ford Coppola announces a re-cut of the trilogy’s weakest third and final installment. Although the film garnered seven Academy Award nominations, there have always been some issues with Godfather III, which ultimately didn’t win any category. Released back on December 25, 1990, almost three decades since the first film’s theatrical release, the famed director wants to improve the initial lukewarm critical reception by making a completely new cut of the film, calling it a “more appropriate conclusion” to the trilogy.
The film is expected to have a limited theatric release in December for its 30th anniversary, under a new title Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. The title is an “acknowledgment of [author] Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became The Godfather: Part III,” Coppola told Deadline. “For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots, and music cues. 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.”