admin | May 09, 2012
The estate of Mario Puzo tasked Ed Falco (yes, he
is related to Edie) with a daunting mission – turn the late author’s notes for a prospective Godfather screenplay into a fully realized novel. Set in 1933, it serves as backstory
to the familiar saga of the Corleone family as portrayed in the three Coppola films. The headstrong Santino is seventeen and already enmeshed in his father’s business, despite Don Vito’s
misgivings. The Luca Brasi character is fleshed out, initially quite a different portrait than the one the Puzo had painted. Falco
traces the origins of the five families – their battles for Mafia supremacy, their sadistic brutalities and shifting alliances. Keeping the work true to the original master while maintaining a writing style of his own – in our conversation, Falco explains how he approached this ambitious project.
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