In what already sounds like a winning film, Francis and The Godfather will see Isaac playing filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and Gyllenhaal playing producer Robert Evans, who clashed and were met with all manner of hurdles to make what would become a screen classic: 1972’s The Godfather.
As reported by Deadline, the project was spawned from a Black List screenplay (the yearly list of the best unproduced scripts circling Hollywood) penned by Andrew Farotte. Levinson is currently in the process of redeveloping it.
The film will be looking at The Godfather‘s bumpy ride to fruition, with a 31-at-the-time Coppola and once-actor-turned-Paramount Pictures head of production Evans tackling problems with the budget, location shoots, the screenplay, real-life mobsters (not wanting their exploits depicted on screen), and the cast (Marlon Brando – who ended up winning an Oscar for the role – was considered a gamble, having gone without a hit for quite a while).
Coppola has given this planned film his blessing, saying, “Any movie that Barry Levinson makes about anything, will be interesting and worthwhile!”
Two great leads with Gyllenhaal and Isaac, with some fascinating history for screen buffs to relish. Looking forward to seeing what comes together here.