Francis Ford Coppola Godfather – Francis Ford Coppola said he should have stopped his “Godfather” saga before its award-winning, critically acclaimed sequel, TMZ reported Monday.
He was asked by a TMZ cameraman in Los Angeles if he would ever return to the Corleone crime family he immortalized in 1972’s “The Godfather” and its two sequels.
“There should have only been one,” he replied.
“The Godfather Part II,” released in 1974, won the Academy Award for Best Picture, the first sequel to do so. and is acclaimed as one of the best sequels of all time.
The third film, released in 1990, was received less enthusiastically by critics, many of whom panned the performance by Coppola’s daughter Sofia. Roger Ebert wrote in his review that it was “not even possible to understand without knowing the first two.”
Francis Ford Coppola was not the first choice to direct. Italian director Sergio Leone was offered the job first, but he declined in order to direct his own gangster opus, Once Upon a Time in America, which focused on Jewish-American gangsters.
“The Godfather” received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay, and has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. In addition, it had been ranked third, behind Citizen Kane (1941) and Casablanca (1942), on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list by the American Film Institute, and second when the list was published again in 2007.