1:22pm PT by Rick Porter
Armie Hammer to Star in 'Godfather' Making-Of Series at Paramount+
Armie Hammer is set to play a producer of The Godfather in a limited series about the making of the movie classic.
The Call Me by Your Name and Social Network actor will play producer Al Ruddy in The Offer, a 10-episode drama set at Paramount+. The ViacomCBS streamer, which is set to launch in 2021, is a beefed-up and renamed CBS All Access, incorporating titles from across the conglomerate's platforms.
The Offer is based on Ruddy's experiences making the 1972 film alongside director Francis Ford Coppola, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Mario Puzo — whose novel served as source material for the movie.
The Godfather won three Oscars — best picture (which Ruddy accepted as producer), best adapted screenplay and best actor for Marlon Brando — and is widely considered one of the greatest films of the 20th century.
The series will include previously unrevealed experiences Ruddy had in making the picture. Michael Tolkin (The Player, Showtime's Escape at Dannemora) is writing and executive producing; Ruddy, Nikki Toscano and Leslie Greif also exec produce. Paramount Television Studios is producing.
Whenever The Offer debuts on Paramount+, The Godfather itself may not be available on the streamer. Earlier this year, ViacomCBS inked a wide-ranging licensing deal with NBCUniversal under which the Godfather trilogy and other Paramount films will stream exclusively on Peacock from 2021-23.
"Paramount is an iconic and storied brand beloved by consumers all over the world, and it is synonymous with quality, integrity and world-class storytelling," ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish said in announcing Paramount+ in September. "With Paramount+, we’re excited to establish one global streaming brand in the broad-pay segment that will draw on the sheer breadth and depth of the ViacomCBS portfolio to offer an extraordinary collection of content for everyone to enjoy."
Hammer's credits also include On the Basis of Sex, Sorry to Bother You and the upcoming Death on the Nile. He's repped by WME.