Editor says, what if Francis Ford Coppola moved forward with his plans for a fourth Godfather film? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Godfather thread.
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Editor says, In this scenario, Paramount Studios hired Francis Ford Coppola to co-write, (along with original Godfather author Mario Puzo), and then direct the third sequel to the 1972 original. In real life, the reason this never actually happened, at least according to Coppola, is that Puzo died in 1999 when Part IV was only being rumoured. (DiCaprio was said to be playing the young Sonny). Puzo does still die here, but only when the film is further along in production. The storyline, including roughly how Al Pacino would have featured, is taken from Coppola's comments on the Godfather Part III DVD commentary. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.