Jake Gyllenhaal And Oscar Isaac To Star In Making Of ‘The Godfather’ Film From Barry Levinson

Because Hollywood loves a movie about the making of movies, we’re getting a new film on Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. While that is, well, sorta interesting to see how the legendary gangster film was made, what’s really cool is the pairing of Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal as two giants in the world of show business.

According to Deadline, Oscar Isaac will play Francis Ford Coppola, with Jake Gyllenhaal as producer Robert Evans, in Francis & The Godfather. The film will be directed by Barry Levinson, himself an icon of the industry, with a script by Andrew Farotte that will be reworked by Levinson. The story will follow the behind-the-scenes battles to bring Mario Puzo’s epic novel to life.

“Out of the madness of production, and against all odds, a classic film happened,” Levinson said.

Coppola added, “Any movie that Barry Levinson makes about anything, will be interesting and worthwhile!”

What’ll be interesting to see now is who they get to fill some of the other key roles. Most of the principal cast are still around and active, like that Al Pacino guy, and I’m curious if they’ll play a part in some way.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this goes someplace like Netflix, too, since this doesn’t really seem like a movie designed for theaters.

There must be something in the air, because The Godfather is really hot right now. Coppola is currently re-editing Part III for a new release in theaters, and Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access) has their own “making of” The Godfather project in the works.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.