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Oscar Isaac is set to play director Francis Ford Coppola, while Jake Gyllenhaal will play former Paramount studio head Robert Evans in a movie about the making of Coppola’s seminal feature The Godfather.
Barry Levinson will direct Francis and The Godfather, which is based on a Black List script by Andrew Farotte that was redeveloped with Levinson.
The feature will chronicle the battles between Coppola, who was 31 at the time, and Evans, which included taking a gamble on casting Marlon Brando, who had not had a hit in years, and a then-little-known Al Pacino.
“Out of the madness of production, and against all odds, a classic film happened,” said Levinson.
Coppola added: “Any movie that Barry Levinson makes about anything, will be interesting and worthwhile!”
Echo Lake Entertainment’s Mike Marcus, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding are producing along with Kevin Turen, Jon Levin and Baltimore Pictures’ Jason Sosnoff.
Endeavor Content is handling worldwide rights with FilmNation.
Isaac — repped by WME, Inspire and Goodman Genow — was last in theaters with the final installment of the recent Star Wars trilogy, Rise of Skywalker, and will next be seen in another big-budget studio feature — Dune, which is due out in December. He will next start production on the HBO limited series Scenes From a Marriage, starring opposite Michelle Williams in a modern retelling of the famed Ingmar Bergman film.
Gyllenhaal, repped by WME and Goodman Genow, was recently in theaters with Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, and acts as a producer on Netflix’s recent release Devil All the Time and Breaking News in Yuba County.
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