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.