new tv drama The ofert is set to tell the story behind Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 Oscar-winning film The Godfather. It was a tumultuous journey from page to screen for Mario Puzo’s mobster tale, with the truth being almost stranger than the fiction in the film.
And while this brilliant new series starring Miles Teller, Matthew Goode, Juno Temple and Dan Fogler looks back in time, it also gives a glimpse into the future at the next trend in mining franchise storytelling.
Hollywood movies are almost as old as Hollywood movies themselves. Early 1920s cinema yielded many self-aware, self-advertising titles and cameos.
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Soon after, the likes of What is the price of Hollywood? (1932), a star is born (1937), Sullivan’s Travels (1942), Sunset Avenue (1950), all about eve (1950) and Singing in the Rain (1952) all stole, criticized and celebrated the very studio system from which they emerged.
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However, while they often lightly veiled Hollywood’s real-life villains, heroes, and egos, they were always fictional digs, celebrations, and love letters to the tinsel city. So as Paramount+ launches its new limited series The oferta new genre is clearly emerging – that of genesis history.
Directed by Dexter Fletcher (rocket man, Eddie the eagle), The ofert is the story of the precarious birth of Francis Ford Coppola The Godfather (1972).
The ten-part series filmed on Paramount’s own lot on which the actual drama took place is in part written by Michael Tolkin – no stranger to Hollywood stories that he himself adapted his own 1988 novel of the same name into Robert Altman’s book. The player (1992).
Told from producer Al Ruddy’s (Miles Teller) stance and set against the backdrop of America’s New Wave of cinema, rising from the crumbling, insecure ruins of the Hollywood studio system, The ofert is the tale of independent-minded art versus mobster panic, new audiences and studio egos.
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Adding to the already vibrant cast list is Matthew Goode as the astute, colorful and experienced Paramount Pictures legend Robert Evans. Producer Evans himself has been the subject of one of the best documentaries about post-1960s Hollywood.
The boy is in the picture (2002) is a candid, colorful look at Evans’ time running Paramount Pictures in the late 1960s and 1970s – where he thrived through titles such as Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Romance (1970), serpic (1973), Chinatown (1974), Marathonist (1976) and The Godfather (1972). Children remain in the picture it was later produced by Bond captain Barbara Broccoli for London’s Royal Court Theater in a stunningly put together 2017 production with Danny Huston as Evans.
It has been the last decade – and a certain passage of time and retrospection – that is now allowing these 1960s and 1970s Hollywood tales of green light classics to be illuminated themselves.
ITVs Color, baby! (2000) has poignantly detailed the Continue films through the aching eyes of Sid James and Kenneth Williams, with star Barbara Windsor stepping in for an ultimate motive to play herself.
Likewise, the BBC We Are Doomed – The Story of Father’s Army shed some light on a 1970s TV classic. In America, Saving Mr. Banks (2013) told the story of Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) developing Mary Poppins (1964) with its prickly writer, PL Travers (Emma Thompson).
from HBO My Dinner with Hervé (2018) featured Jamie Dornan alongside Peter Dinklage as Hervé Villechaize – with the production and release of The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) loosely created on screen.
And possibly from the current supreme producer of brilliant shows about cultural luminaries, Ryan Murphy’s fief (2015) focused on the delicious Beverly Hills rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) during the filming of 1962 What happened to Baby Jane? Maybe in another sixty years we’ll have a drama about the making of fief?
As the 1970s become a more distant memory, Murphy’s later stories Halston (2021) and FX Fosse/Verdon (2019) both Minnelli danced around 1972 production Cabaret.
And the golden boy of musical cinema Lin-Manuel Miranda (Charm, Tic, Tic… Boom!) also did an annoyingly good Roy Scheider in a 1979 remake all that jazz in the last.
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Scheider is also another character in the play nominated for Olivier, The shark is broken (2019). Based on Jaws’ infamous 1974 footage of Martha’s Vineyard and written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon, Shark it didn’t just swim from the genesis genre itself. It was a strange homage to Shaw’s own father and jaws star, Robert Shaw.
In detailing the rise of National Lampoon magazine, the 2019 issue A futile and stupid gesture also recreated the House of Animals (1978) production. Star John Belushi was accidentally buried on Martha’s Vineyard near where Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis wrote what became Ghostbuster (1984) – a much-loved ’80s classic that will undoubtedly one day get its own biopic.
Belushi, Reitman, Ramis, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray are already supporting characters in A futile and stupid gesture, suggesting that any of our advocates of pop culture and their movies are ready for story choice. The ofert itself also has a character roster that includes actors like Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Ali McGraw, James Caan and Burt Reynolds.
When multi-verse reboots and sidebars run out of steam at the box office, the natural step might be to create the story universe behind the story universe. DC’s Superman has seen Hollywoodland (2006) with a pre-Batman Ben Affleck donning the red cape to play Superman TV star George Reeves and creating the only answer to the pub quiz question, ‘who played Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne?’.
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One of the most exciting and successful examples of the genesis project genre is that of Mark Gatiss. An adventure in time and space. Produced to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who in November 2013, the feature film is the heartbreaking tale of an aging actor getting one last TV break in a sci-fi flop that never failed.
Amidst the fun recreations of Who Fan-famous characters and episodes, Gatiss’ drama also hit a particularly wistful note about the value, companionship and passion that audiences themselves place on our beloved classics. Another sci-fi moment that will one day have its own biopic is Star Trek and the story of Gene Roddenberry.
And since this is Hollywood and the business we call the show, no new genre or title is immune from reinvention. As The ofert was announced, as director Barry Levinson Francis and the Godfather– with Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal attached to play Coppola and Evans, respectively.
However, the chances that Part 2 The Godfather genesis saga has now declined as The ofert arrived first.
With the prequel fad seemingly on the way out and brands like Star Wars struggling to continue your brand, if The ofert is a hit, these genesis stories could become all the rage in Hollywood.
The ofert premieres on Paramount+ on June 22, 2022. Watch the clip below.