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Dexter Fletcher to Direct 'Godfather' Making-of Series for Paramount+ (Exclusive)
Dexter Fletcher will take the cannoli, thank you.
The director behind Elton John biopic Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody has signed on to direct the first block of episodes of The Offer, the scripted limited series centered on the making of cinema classic, The Godfather.
The 10-episode event series hails from Paramount Television Studios and is set up at Paramount+ with a straight to series commitment.
Michael Tolkin, who wrote Hollywood satire The Player and most recently wrote and co-created the award-winning limited series Escape from Dannemora , is writing and exec producing Offer.
The show is based on the never-before-revealed experiences of Al Ruddy, the producer of the movie who had previously produced two comedies and co-created the sitcom Hogan’s Heroes. Godfather became known for a turbulent development and production before turning into one of the biggest box office hits of all time, winning five Academy Awards, and earning a place as one of the great films in cinema.
Offer had its own dramatic development when in January it parted ways with Armie Hammer who was to have portrayed Ruddy.
Fletcher’s hiring puts the project on the fast track with production now eyeing a summer start in Los Angeles. Among Fletcher’s block of episodes will be the premiere installment. The director will be involved with the casting process and setting the look of the show.
He will also serve as executive producer, joining Ruddy, showrunner Nikki Toscano (Hunters), and Emmy-winning producer Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys), and Fletcher’s producing partner Dalia Ibelhauptaite.
A British actor-turned-director, Fletcher had shown a lighthearted flair with a trio of movies, including Eddie the Eagle, but gained attention when he took over from Bryan Singer to complete production on Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. The musical drama ended up grossing over $900 million worldwide and made a star out of Rami Malek while also winning Oscars. Fletcher next directed Rocketman, the Elton John biopic starring Taron Egerton, another hit that earned numerous plaudits.
The filmmaker is currently attached to direct The Saint, a feature take on the 1960s spy series that is being developed by Paramount.
He is repped by CAA and Sloane Offer.