Hollywood is a buzz this morning over the recent casting announcements for Godfather Part IV, including Harrison Ford as Michael Corleone and Brad Pitt as his son Anthony.
With a screenplay written by Happy Madison productions (Adam Sandler), direction by John Landis and cinematography by Tak Fujimoto from Ferris Bueller fame, insiders expect Godfather IV to be a little lighter that the first three violent dramas. "Yes, the script is quite compelling, I mean there is an important story to tell, but there are humorous moments throughout", says a pontificating Ford.
When asked about the Michael's death at the end of part three, Landis replied, "Well that is open to interpretation. It looked to me like he just fell asleep, dropped his glass and drooled at the mouth a little".
Other liberties with Mario Puzo's storyline have apparently been taken, shifting the crime family towards heavy investment on Broadway to support Anthony's singing career. Former family bosses with muscle, now played by Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and James Belushi, turn to fundraising for Broadway productions. They appear to be pretty good at collecting promised donations as well.
Famous scripted lines from other movies are making it into the film too, with Aykroyd's character telling one potential donor, "We're on a mission from God….. father".
The story line calls for the Corleone family to take over the Great White Way in order to provide a figurative stage for the family heir (Brad Pitt), allowing him to appear in any musical he chooses. While the film focuses on a remake of "Bullets over Broadway", Anthony Corleone has doubts about having left the Opera. Michael Corleone (Ford) convinces him otherwise as only a megalomaniacal, blood thirsty, comedic father can, with a knock-knock joke, a hug, and by breaking the legs of Anthony's gay lover.
Pitt's agent is reportedly trying to get him out of the film before significant shooting begins. "It's really not what Brad wants to do", says agent Ivan Tooduyu. "He thought a father-son movie with Harrison meant action and adventure instead of him being a gay operatic singer turned Broadway actor. Have you ever heard Brad sing? Like the sound of grinding, squeaking brakes, metal on metal."
Though several female leads from Christie Brinkley to Anne Archer were suggested for the part of Michael's new love interest, it will be played by Tia Tequila, because somehow, somewhere, Tequila's casting call apparently went very well.
Despite objections from Pitt, filming is scheduled to begin in New York next month.