Monday, May 31, 2010

Advocating for Godfather 4

My fellow Miami alum, Mike Winegardner, has written two books that fill in the blanks and continue Mario Puzo's The Godfather and the three films.  Besides being a great read, his books, The Godfather Returns and The Godfather's Revenge, are definitely movie script worthy.

Winegardner gives some interesting plot twists for The Godfather loyalists.  Tom Hagan as a member of Congress.  Don Michael supporting a presidential candidate who later gets killed in office.  Sonny's grown-up daughter in a romance with Johnny Fontane.

He also brings some new angles.  He invokes a secret retreat under Lake Erie northwest of Cleveland in his book (I'm told this actually exists or existed.).  His character, Nick Geraci, is a bit Sonny Corleone with the cunning of Don Vito mixed with a bit Indiana Jones.

Let's see it in a movie, or two.

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