The third film in this series is the least popular. But now Paramount Pictures is set to release not just a restoration but a whole new edit of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part III – the final film in the trilogy.
The new version achieves director/screenwriter Coppola and screenwriter Puzo’s original vision for the finale.
With Coppola overseeing everything, he and his production company American Zoetrope worked from a 4K scan of the original negative to undertake a frame-by-frame restoration of both the original film and the new cut.
In order to create the best presentation possible, Zoetrope and Paramount’s restoration team began by searching for over 50 original takes to replace lower resolution opticals in the original negative – a process that took over six months and sifting through 300 cartons of negative.