Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather is headed to HBO as FRANCIS & THE GODFATHER. The project in development follows the behind-the-scenes making of the 1972 feature. Andrew Farotte penned the script, landing on the 2015 Black List, and is currently working on revisions.
Mike Marcus, Doug Mankoff, and Andrew Spaulding are executive producing and Echo Lake Entertainment is producing. Peter Bart, who optioned the original Godfather book by Mario Puzo and worked closely with Robert Evans and Francis Ford Coppola on the film while at Paramount, will be a consultant on the project.
In addition to The Black List, Farotte was also featured on the 2015 Hit List and the 2016 Young and Hungry List for both Francis & the Godfather and the spec A Confederacy of Thelma. The latter follows Thelma, mother of John Kennedy Toole who committed suicide a decade before his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Confederacy of Dunces is discovered. Aging and guilt-ridden, Thelma dedicates her final years to find a publisher in the hopes of redeeming herself and her son.
Emily J | Staff Writer