Francis Ford Coppola Recutting 'Godfather: Part III' For 30th Anniversary

The Godfather Part III
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Says the director on his new cut, which will get a limited theatrical release: “I created a new beginning and ending."

Just when he thought he was out, they pull him back in. Francis Ford Coppola is recutting The Godfather: Part III for its 30th anniversary, Paramount announced on Thursday.

The new cut of the third and final film and the iconic mafia series — which achieves Coppola and the late screenwriter Mario Puzo’s original vision for the finale — will be titled: The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. The film will have a limited theatrical release in December, followed by digital and Blu-ray, according to the studio.

“Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone is an acknowledgment of Mario’s and my preferred title and our original intentions for what became The Godfather: Part III," Coppola said in a statement. “For this version of the finale, I created a new beginning and ending, and rearranged some scenes, shots, and music cues. With these changes and the restored footage and sound, to me, it is a more appropriate conclusion to The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II and I’m thankful to Jim Gianopulos and Paramount for allowing me to revisit it.” Puzo died in 1999. He was 78.

Like the previous two film in the series, Godfather: Part III was a box office hit and nominated for seven Academy Awards. However, unlike the others, it did not win any.