Francis Ford Coppola to Direct Italian-American Saga (Exclusive)

Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
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This story first appeared in the May 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Godfather fans rejoice.

Francis Ford Coppola is returning to the Italian-American experience for his next directing effort.

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The Godfather helmer is readying an untitled film that will chronicle an Italian-American family and span from the 1930s to the 1960s. Coppola became one of the most celebrated directors in cinema after bringing the Corleone family saga to the big screen. The Godfather covers a similar timeframe, spanning from 1945-55.

Coppola is writing the screenplay, which is described as a coming-of-age story that focuses on a boy and girl in their late teens, and has set up offices on the Paramount lot. However, there have been no conversations yet about whether the studio will be involved with financing or distributing the film.

Coppola has hired Courtney Bright and Nicole Daniels, who recently cast daughter Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. Longtime Coppola family collaborator Fred Roos is producing.

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Though Coppola continues to direct regularly -- he most recently helmed the 2011 horror thriller Twixt -- he hasn’t returned to the story of Italian-Americans since 1990’s The Godfather III, the final chapter about the Corleone crime family. The successful winemaker's past few films have been independently or self-financed. 

Coppola is repped by attorney Barry Hirsch.

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