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The Making of The Godfather: The Offer

The Making of The Godfather: The Offer
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The best film of all time (no, there’s no arguing about that) will have its own series about life behind the scenes at the time. This is what we know about it so far.

We are going to find out how the legendary film The Godfather came into being. Thanks to the new series The Offer, the shooting of which will start soon. In the series we see the creation of The Godfather through the eyes of Al Ruddy, the producer of the film at the time. There is already an actor snared for the lead, but first let’s briefly go through the story of The Godfather.

The Offer: The Story

The Godfather was produced in 1972 by the Canadian Al Ruddy and at his side was Francis Ford Coppola as director. The film tells the story of the Corleone family, with Vito Corleone (played by Marlon Brando) at the head. A mafia family in New York, in the 40’s, that has New York in its grip. It gets tricky when another family needs protection because because Don Vito Corleone is against drugs, he doesn’t want to meet the drug dealers. An attack is made on the head of the Corleone family and then the family feud takes shape.

In The Godfather Marlon Brando played the leading role, but the supporting roles were also played by great actors – at least, that’s what we call them now. Because for, among others, Al Pacino (he plays son Michael Corleone), his role in The Godfather would be his big breakthrough. The film won Academy Awards and is now known by many as the best film of all time. After the success of the first film, two more parts were made in the The Godfather series, of which part two was very well received and not inferior to the first part. The Godfather III didn’t do so well and is not high up in the rankings of best movies of all time. Armie Hammer puts himself in the shoes of producer Al Ruddy for The Godfather series.

The Offer: Protagonist

Armie Hammer
Armie Hammer. Credit: Martin Kraft. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

And now there will be a series that deals with the creation of the iconic mafia film. The Offer is a reference to the legendary statement of Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather: I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse. We look through the eyes of Al Ruddy, played by Armie Hammer. We know Hammer especially Call me by Your Name and Hotel Mumbai. Hammer also played with Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar, directed by Clint Eastwood.

Nice detail is that Al Ruddy himself is also involved in the production of the series. So he will see ‘himself’ at work and be able to adjust where necessary. The Oscar-winning Ruddy himself of course knows better than anyone how he convinced Marlon Brando to take on the role of Vito Corleone. And he can also tell in detail about the reception of the film by Italian immigrants (spoiler: not good).

The ten episode series, written by Michael Tolkin, will go into production at the beginning of next year and will later be shown on streaming service Paramount+.