The New Godfather Coda to Fix the Trilogy’s Biggest Problem

Despite a troubled production and constant battles between director and studio, The Godfather Part III is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. However, many fans of the prequel 2 films see Part III as the uninvited guest of the franchise, and the new version aims to restore Coppola and screenwriter Puzo’s original vision for the finale of the trilogy.

The Godfather III movie screenshot
The New Godfather Coda to Fix the Trilogy’s Biggest Problem

The Godfather Coda to Be an Entirely New Experience

The previously unseen version is set to release this December with the title The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. The re-release features a new beginning, ending, restored scenes, shots, music cues, and it will celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary.

Part III Was Never Meant as a Genuine Third Entry

Francic Ford Coppola never envisioned The Godfather Part III as a genuine third entry, but rather an epilogue to the previous two films. The new title – “The Death of Michael Corleone” was originally meant for the 1990 film, but Paramount insisted on the more marketable “The Godfather Part III”.

The Godfather III movie poster
The New Godfather Coda to Fix the Trilogy’s Biggest Problem

The issue with the “Part III ” title is the intense pressure and expectations it brings to the film. Changing the title to The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone makes it easier for viewers to appreciate the film for what it is, rather than expecting a masterpiece finale.

It Would Take a Lot More Than Just Changing the Title

Yes, Coppola promises a revising beginning and a different ending, but many issues need to be fixed. The events in the original Part III just lack weight, the supporting cast isn’t as strong, and honestly, the Vatican storyline is a strange addition to an organized crime tale. It might just be too ambitious to believe that The Godfather Coda can right the wrongs, but restoring the original title is a promising sign that the 30th-anniversary edit will be a marked improvement.