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Editor says, what if the fortieth anniversary of the Godfather Part 1 had been celebrated with a remake? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 2010,the agent of James Gandolfini confirmed the widespread rumours that the Soprano's star had indeed been offered the lead role of Don Vito Corleone in the upcoming remake of The Godfather. Joe Pesci, the supporting actor from Goodfellas, was expected to star as his youngest son Michael.
The Godfather, ReduxThe filming schedule was set for premiére on the fortieth anniversary of the original movie which was released on March 15, 1972.
In agreeing to re-make the groundbreaking movie, Director Francis Ford Coppola was confronted with the daunting challenge of introducing innovation into a mature genre. Rather than re-interpreting Mario Puzo's book, he decided to celebrate the fabric of Italian-American cinema. And the startling result was for Gandolfini, Pesci et al to revisit forty years of film-making by positioning the Godfather in a rich, modern setting - Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's post 9/11 New York.
Coppola had in fact been offered the opportunity to shoot Godfather, Part IV  but the project had been scrapped over a decade before because of the untimely death of author Mario Puzo.
Editor says, in writing this article with Tony Rocca, we invite reader's opinions on which is the better product, Sopranos, the Godfather, or Goodfellas.  This idea was proposed by guest historian Gerry Shannon and has become the best read article on the blog. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.