'Godfather' prequel novel arriving in 2012
May 5th, 2011
03:09 PM ET

'Godfather' prequel novel arriving in 2012

How did “The Godfather’s” Vito Corleone become Don Corleone? A new prequel to the best-selling novel aims to answer that question. (Well, presumably whatever questions are still left after "Godfather II.")

“The Family Corleone,” to be published by Grand Central Publishing, will be based on an unproduced screenplay written by “Godfather” author Mario Puzo, who passed away in 1999.

This novel will be written by novelist and playwright Ed Falco (who also happens to be the uncle of former “Sopranos” star Edie Falco, according to the Los Angeles Times.)

Puzo’s son Tony commends Falco for writing “a novel that is true to Mario Puzo’s legacy, and will be cherished by all ‘Godfather’ fans.” Adds publisher Jamie Raab, "Ed Falco thrillingly brings back Puzo’s classic characters in a prequel that both honors the original, and stands on its own as a 'Godfather' novel for a new generation of readers.”

We'll have to wait until June 2012 to see if they're right.

Set in 1933, “The Family Corleone” will explore the “unknown history” of the mafia don, prior to Corleone's rise to power, but it's not the first time another writer has taken a stab at the series. In 2004, the novel "The Godfather Returns" by Mark Winegardner was published and told the backstory of Vito's youngest son and successor, Michael Corleone.

The original “Godfather” was published in 1969 and went on to sell more than 21 million copies.

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    April 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ditto

    I agree, JE SPARZA, Godfather 2 explains how Vito Corleone became Don Corleone, beginning with his childhood in Italy, travel to the US through Ellis Island and living in New York with his young family... I think Mario Puzo explained it very well. What else is there to tell?

    May 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |

    I guess the book will deal with Vito's trip from Sicily to New York, and what happened on that boat, because as far as how he became Godfather? Vito went to work in a grocery store. Then he did odd jobs with his hoodlum neighbor. He kills Don Fanucci with a shot to the head. And finally, he became Godfather, and started Genco Olive Oil Co. as a front. What else are they going to explain?

    May 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Redbull!

    hmmmmm.... didn't GFII sufficently illustrate the young Don Corleone (played byBob DiNero) enough? I thought he did a damn fine jonb myself.

    May 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Big Al

    "You know Michael, I like wine a lot more than I use to!"

    May 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Big Al


    May 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. old story

    that Story on How vito corleone becomes the Don is already told in the original book .. Why to do more... why to rewrite the story again?

    May 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chucklehead

    As long as De Niro and Scorsese aren't involved, I'm fine with it.

    May 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    MICHAEL, GOD'S ARCHANGEL IS UNSEEN, MAKING HIM UNTOUCHABLE. And is HE himself who is comanded by FATHERGOD AUTHORITY to kill all the dumbdapperdons and want to be remnant rats.Squeel rats squeel under the agony of your defeat. I AM-UNTOUCHBLE

    May 6, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. darkstar

    We don't need a freaking prequel, please. It will do nothing but tarnish the existing movies, plus we already had a 'prequel' imbedded within The Godfather II. Hollywood just never knows when to stop. Get some writers and come up with some new ideas please.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    Dumb Don Dirt.

    May 6, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. jak sprat

    Who gives a fuk

    May 6, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
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    May 6, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. jimmymac

    Remake the original? Blastphemous. Im not a Godfather freak but that movie simply could NOT be improved

    May 6, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. don don

    You come to me on my daughter's birthday and ask me to murder someone... for money...

    May 6, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  16. Andrew Nutra

    Why don't they just remake the original Godfather?

    May 6, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  17. robert

    Check out the youtube video obama is the godfather

    May 6, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  18. Matt Alley

    The Godfather trilogy is about Michael's rise to power...not Vito's. Therefore there should never be another Godfather movie ever. The story has been told.

    May 6, 2011 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  19. dave nelson

    The reason there are no original ideas out there is simple. All the original stories have been told already. There is nothing new under the sun. Everything thought to be new there days is just a variation of sometimi else.

    May 6, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  20. Mick's mom

    the godfather sucked. being back fast and the furious. now that's a movie. drop tops and fast cars. ground effects. cmon now

    May 6, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  21. Dino

    Stupid. They already made a prequel in the sequel. The death of Michael Corleone due to natural causes in part III was pointless as well as idiotic preventing the return of Al Pacino.

    May 6, 2011 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  22. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    A V

    May 6, 2011 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  23. Antonio Velasquez Jr.


    May 6, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
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    May 6, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
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    May 6, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  26. Antonio Velasquez Jr.


    May 6, 2011 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  27. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    I love the sound of their perpetual silence in the we hours of the morning, Sounds like...VICTORY!

    May 6, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  28. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    "We are E PLURIBUS UNUM, PREDESTINEDLY INTERNATIONALLY PRECOMPOSED. We are an Elite Special Force Unit, pre ordained to accomplish hour earthly mission at the exact time olloted again and wherever and whenever necessary.

    May 6, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  29. blink

    Yinz all morons!

    May 6, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  30. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    Now,stop your stupidity before you expedite your own appointed time.Any comments ? Any reactions ? If yes, then come and see me. I will guide you through the pathway of unum life,unless you remain hell bent on taking a one way detour to hell.

    May 6, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  31. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    The mafia and mafias has always operated on...their own.which only comfirms;EVIL SHALL SLAY THE WICKED and THE WICKED SHALL SLAY THE EVIL.Praise to the MAKER of the Firmament and of Life Authority.

    May 6, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  32. Last don

    Da palind r political

    May 6, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  33. Last don

    Why don't they right a book first and see how it does before making a moove. Who will star in it? Maybe they could have Tom Cruise be da gadfada ?? Whatch y'all think! Flava flave in da howse

    May 6, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  34. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    Let the sticks and stones fly.

    May 6, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  35. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    Let the sticks and stoes fly.

    May 6, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  36. Give It A Break

    I hear they want to take this way back in the Caveman era.

    May 6, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  37. Isawpacinobloahorse

    i saw uncle al blo a horse in central park one time in november 93. behind the large patch of bushes on the east side of the park. very messy. you owe me a cadillac!! good ole ricky roma. best role ever.

    May 6, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  38. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    Hey godfather, FATHERGOD has a plan for you. mere meger man,be careful and watch your step.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  39. roc mo

    Vito corleone shot don fanucci then blew the back of his head off buy putting the pistol in fanuccis mouth . thats how he became the don . they will turn the greatest movie ever into giant explosions n fast cut scenes for the worst movie ever so dont do it u stinking bums .

    May 5, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Vincenzo Testigliada

    Howyadoin'? My friends call me Vinny Balls, cuz I got a big set, but also cuz I crack heads open like walnuts! Vito wants me to tell ya that you WILL read the book, and BEG them to make it into a movie, or me n the boys are gonna bust some heads!

    May 5, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Marlette MI

    I want to read it! I can't help myself.

    May 5, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  42. JRD

    I might be alone in this but my opinion is the I always want more of the Godtather universe so I up to a prequel, remake or why not a new generation of the Corleone family set in the 80's or 90's

    May 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  43. fmandy

    Will Barney be in the sequel?

    May 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  44. noemi

    So did you hear that osmond got married Agin.and how bout those palin tards.

    May 5, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Dee

    @ Me. 3D! .....LOL!

    May 5, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  46. TheWordMaster

    For some reason, this made me think of Labrynth. David Bowie in tight pants...*shudders in revulsion*

    May 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Toni

    This is a novel that will test the waters if it does well it will become a movie. Part of the greatness is the violence so without it at the start it would be boring and godfather 2 was enough and yes 3 was crap. I thought I was by myself on that one.

    May 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Ted Shred

    Sopranos ruined operatic mafia movies.

    May 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Lynn

    One of my faves of all time. I hope they don't mess up a classic by having it not flow into the original story properly. Brando, DeNiro and Pacino are really tough acts to follow.

    May 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  50. alexx

    Why not make a pirates prequal explaining how jack sp turned ghost...mainstream garbage by the same drones that digest american idol.

    May 5, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Me

    It'll probably be in 3D.

    May 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Charlie Sheen

    Fo Gedda Boud it!

    May 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Ticonderoga blue

    Puzo wrote something. He also wrote part of GR3.
    Which was a shiny turd.
    Hollywood needs to make money just like you pathetic

    May 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  54. American Public

    OMG enough with the prequels and sequels and remakes already. COME UP WITH SOMETHING ORIGINAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Max in RI

    The original Godfather novel already explains how Don Corleone became the Godfather

    May 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Franko

    I looked up Dominic Pace.....uh no, not Vito Corleone. He looks more like a Fredo.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Franko

    lol who the heck is Dominic Pace?

    May 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  58. obama bin laden

    it will made into a movie, i bet my
    $25 million reward.

    May 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Ian

    Oh, it's a new book. Not a movie. All right. I can ignore that.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Tony

    I'm intrigued, mainly because the story of Vito Corleone was told in detail in the original Puzo novel (which was the source material for most of the GF2 flashbacks).

    May 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Benett Taylor

    Dominic Pace would make a perfect, younger Vito Corleone.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Sal

    Wasn't Part III bad enough?

    May 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  63. justin

    They showed how the godfather became godfather in the second movie. They need to add all the part they excluded.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  64. EJ

    I hope this is better than the one that was written for "Gone with the Wind" and made into a horrible television movie. Sometimes it's best to leave classics alone.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Schlitzy

    Try reading the article people, it's a novel, not a movie, and it's based off of an unproduced screenplay written by the original Godfather author.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      I guess most here can't read...

      May 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Except for the fact that Hollywood will somehow turn it into a movie, and then butcher it as well. I will grab this book when it comes out, but I sure hope Hollywood keeps its paws away from it, but I am not expecting that to happen, since Hollywood can't come up with an original idea anymore

      May 6, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  66. ct

    its only a book thats coming out. No movie. Yet.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Stu

    You guys read the article right? He WROTE a BOOK, its not a movie. And on top of that Puzo's son said its great story written in Puzo fashion. I'm all for it. I would love to read more about Vito. I loved GF part 2

    May 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • GailS

      I fully agree. I hope Robert Evans is brought in on this project. Evans had Coppola banned from the editing room because Coppola wanted to edit Godfather I in chronological order (see the dreaded Director's cut). Evans insisted they cut the film in the same order Puzo wrote it in. Evans got what he wanted and we ended up with a masterpiece.

      May 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bemused

      1) Godfather I WAS in chronological order. 2) As for Part II, Coppola had complete creative control due to the massive financial success of the first Godfather and made exactly the film he wanted to make, which is what we see on screen. 3)The so-called "director's cut" was nothing of the kind; "The Godfather Saga" was the chronological re-edit that was made in the '80s at the behest of Paramount when Coppola needed money after "One from the Heart" bombed. 4) Robert Evans produced some of the greatest films in history; however, he is also legendary for being equallly egotistical and full of crap. Here endeth the lesson.

      May 6, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  68. f

    Why write a prequel to the "Godfather" story? The publishing company made the author an offer he can't refuse.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Fletch

    Why tamper with a classic? As if Godfather III wasn't bad enough. I and II are classics. Well, I'll tell ya why...Hollywood's only concern: $$$
    Why not make an Apocalypse Now prequel, detailing how Col Kurtz went rogue? Another Brando classic. I fear this movie will tarnish the Godfather image as the gold standard in mafia movies.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • corleone

      You're a little off base here. They're not making a movie. It's a book.
      You're right about the greed, but it's probably Puzzo's relatives that are the greed-heads in this case.

      May 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  70. phil caltagerone

    Another fake italion movie

    May 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  71. palintwit

    How about a prequel about the Palin family? It can be called "Spots on the Sheet".

    May 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Shaun

    Always risky messing with such iconic material as this.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • RKG

      Absolutly agree with you. Leave well enough alone, you see what happened with Godfather 3. That was a crying shame to tamper with such a masterpiece of work!

      May 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandee

      Amen amen

      May 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aztrazolo

      Absolutely agree. I read The Godfather Returns by Mark Winegardner and it was absolute crap.

      May 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  73. erich2112x

    We still need a Sopranos movie with the opening scene taking place in the restaurant where the TV show ended.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      That would be a short movie.

      May 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • scatman112

      It amazes me that people still don't get that Tony was killed.

      May 5, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • random1212

      Uh no, he wasn't killed if you know anything about how the mafia operates.

      May 6, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Fed

      Like you know

      May 6, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Pretty sure the ending is suppose to be ambiguous. None of you are right (or wrong).

      May 6, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • JimboJones

      Tony was whacked, along with Carmella and Anthony Jr. in the diner. There is no movie, unless it's all about Meadow. Chase wouldn't give his series' fans the satisfaction of seeing Tony die onscreen. How could that scene possibly have lived up to the unrealistic expectations of the fans, anyway?

      May 6, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Jo


    May 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • JackBeHumble


      May 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oops!

      Crap! I've already seen the first one.

      May 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • street smary

      Because the first 2 Godfather movies are considered masterpieces. Do you think they would release another installment if they werent?

      May 6, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      I just read the original novel and there is a rich story to be told about how Vito gained his power which was not covered in the second movie. It could almost be a father and son story with Vito and Sonny. If done right it could be great (and make $$).


      May 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Oh come on let them keep making them. G3 already tainted the purity of the first 2. I for one have watched G1 and G2 30 to 40 times each I wouldn't mind reliving the fantasy in newer works. Think of it this way, did Rocky 3,4,5, which all really sucked, taint the original Rocky, which was brilliant? Not in my eyes, each movie stands alone. There is always this throng of fans of any genre that wants to control what other people watch, just mind your biz, if you don't wanna read this new book you can go play video games or whatever else you do with your spare time, that is all!

      November 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |

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