Don’t they say that good things come in threes? Not content with having created Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut and a Director’s Cut of The Cotton Club, both of which we should be able to see soon, Francis Ford Coppola wants to create a new version of The Godfather Part 3. It’s the most criticised of the three films in the Corleone saga, though I’ve never had a problem with it myself. It already exists in a slightly longer Director’s Cut, but Coppola thinks it should actually be shorter! Said the director to ‘Deadline’:
“I want to try that again, and I’ll ask Paramount because in a few years there will be the 50th anniversary of the first film. I want to use a title I tried to but wasn’t allowed to, one that came from Mario Puzo. It’s Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. But ‘coda’ means epilogue. In other words, you got part one and part two and then the epilogue. There’s a cut I want to make that would be 14 minutes shorter. Usually, I go back and make them longer. This would be effective, and it makes the ending break your heart.”
I said that good things come in threes, but why stop there? How about a new cut of his Bram Stoker’s Dracula that restores all that gore which supposedly sickened preview audiences?