June 6, 2020 at 5:41 am #1203518939
To those who don’t know, there is actually a screenplay by Mario Puzo himself on a prequel story. This was adapted by writer Ed Falco into a novel “The Family Corleone last 2012 – though Paramount has not successfully carried out their movie rights for the piece.
How awesome would it be to imagine that they can successfully do so by 2022? (50 years since 1972’s The Godfather I)
LET’S FAN CAST! (as well as the crew)
Producers: ___________, ___________
Directed by: __________
Written by: _________ , ________, based on the Screenplay and Original Novel by Mario Puzo, and Adapted Novel by Ed Falco
____________ as Vito Corleone
____________ as Giussepe Mariposa
____________ as Sal Tessio
____________ as Luca Brasi
___________ as Pete Clemenza
___________ as Sonny Corleone
___________ as Tom Hagen
____________ as Carmela Corleone
____________ as Emilio Barzini
____________ as Philip Tattaglia
____________ as Rosario LaConti
____________ as Tomasino Cinquemani
____________ as Al Capone
The story would be set around 1933 during the Great Depression. Vito is already 40 years of age while Michael, Fredo and Connie are still in school. The story follows teenagers Sonny’s discovery of the mafia business and Tom’s becoming a consigliere. The main conflict in the story is Vito’s Olive Oil War with Sicilian gangster Giussepe Mariposa (around 60 y/o) who had ties with Al Capone to lead crime in New York. He also had ties with Barzini and Tattaglia. He will eventually be killed by his own caporegime Tomasino Cinquemani along with Sal Tessio.June 6, 2020 at 6:08 am #1203518955
Here’s a simple yet perhaps divisive choice: Leo DiCaprio for Don Vito..
C’mon it just makes the most sense! He has the 40 y/o age of Don Vito in the prequel; the ability to mimic the accent; the jaw and the physique of a middle-aged Brando. And the biggest factor why Leo would do this is, of course, is for legacy. Seriously! This is Vito Corleone, a role played by the greats (Brando and De Niro). It makes sense for cinema to see Leo next; it makes sense for Leo to do it for himself next. He’s definitely become more selective with roles ever since the Oscar win, and this is definitely something he would want to be his next career-defining performance.
Alternatively: Mark Ruffalo
When I first saw Ruffalo with a caesar-cut hair in Spotlight, I thought to myself – holy shit, he sorta resembles Brando’s look in Julius Caesar (1953). Also, Ruffalo has a closer height to Don Vito, and the soft voice that really matches De Niro’s and Brando’s voicing of the character. Does he deserve to fill in the shoes of the greats? I’d say he does. He’s not as proven as Leo, but this can be the one to prove it.June 6, 2020 at 6:09 am #1203518957
I can’t bear to think of anyone other than Brando or De Niro as Vito!June 6, 2020 at 6:45 am #1203518969
Godfather Part II already had plenty of flashbacks featuring a younger Vito, and it told his story perfectly. We don’t need a prequel.June 6, 2020 at 8:56 am #1203519118
I LOVE THE MOVIES but we don’t want nor need a prequel. TGP2 handled that.June 6, 2020 at 10:19 am #1203519265
To those saying we don’t need a prequel. I actually see some relevance in it.
The recent trend in movies are on SOCIAL STRUCTURES. Movies like Get Out, Parasite, Joker, and so on. So it is actually nice that the setting of a Godfather prequel is, yes, the Great Depression. There’s a lot of social structure stuff to explore there in what factors led to the rise of power in the Five Families and how they simply stemmed from having to make a living amidst a crisis. It’s…timely.June 6, 2020 at 12:48 pm #1203519462
It’s just pretend it’s not actually happening you can still play along
I would choose Leo for sure for Vito
And Vera farmiga for Doane Kewtons role
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