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RobertoOrtiz
04-08-2005, 08:03 PM
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" Francis Ford Coppola (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000338/) is up in arms over Paramount's decision to produce (with videogame makers Electronic Arts) a videogame based on his The Godfather (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068646/) movies. In a taped interview due to air on AMC's Sunday Morning ShootOut (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0390776/) this Sunday, Coppola said that the studio had never mentioned its plans to release a Godfather videogame. "I knew nothing about it. They never asked me if I thought it was a good idea," Coppola said. Calling Coppola's movie, "one of history's most revered masterpieces," Electronic Arts says on it website that the game, due to be released in the fall, "serves as inspiration for the game as gamers will join the Corleone family and earn respect through loyalty and fear." Coppola says that he was able to get a preview of the game. "They use the characters everyone knows ... and then for the next hour they shoot and kill each other. I had absolutely nothing to do with the game and I disapprove." "

>>Link<< (http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/2005-04-08/#2)

-R

ThomasMahler
04-08-2005, 09:18 PM
Well, it's an EA driven game, so what did he expect? They just slaughter another license.

And, come on, a Godfather game? Godfather was never about action whatsoever. Maybe something like a Point and Click Adventure would've worked, but.... well, why do I even waste my time thinking about it?

jake_$teed
04-08-2005, 09:21 PM
Coppola can complain all he wants. If he dosen't own the property, he has no say. Right or wrong.

cookepuss
04-08-2005, 09:39 PM
EA & Paramount are trampling over yet another cherished Hollywood franchise. That's for sure. I don't agree with the decision either. Not sure I would feel right about other 30+ year old classics being resurrected this way either.

Still, it's their puppy to masacre. If they don't hold their property in the highest regard then that's up to them. FFC is just another creative type thinking that he deserved to be asked/told about the situation before hand. He made it under contract with them.

Now, if it were creator owned or he had some stake in the profits from merchandising & such that would be different. He owns nothing. He's entitled to nothing. Sorry that his better senses were offended, but that's just business.

Don't even think he can get a superficial producer credit, as the characters were Puzo creations and FFC only contributed to the writing of the screenplay and not the novel.

ElysiumGX
04-08-2005, 11:07 PM
Another bargain bin stuffer on the way. So sad witnessing so many terrible ideas being pushed by profitable titles.

PhilOsirus
04-08-2005, 11:12 PM
I don't see the big deal. Why doesn't he has the rights over the Godfather story/characters like Lucas has over Star Wars? He sold, or never intented to keep, the rights to the story as far as I understand it.

cookepuss
04-08-2005, 11:13 PM
Welcome to the age of recycling. From movies to music to games, this past half decade has been filled with a fair share of that. Originality is (almost) dead. Well, at the very least, it's on life support. :)

cookepuss
04-08-2005, 11:19 PM
I don't see the big deal. Why doesn't he has the rights over the Godfather story/characters like Lucas has over Star Wars?
Godfather was a Mario Puzo creation. FFC was contracted to direct and co-write the screenplay. That's it. He's not really the creator.

George Lucas' story is a bit different, apart from the fact that he is the creator of Star Wars. He obviously retained certain rights, probably due to the deal he struck up with the studio and the fact that the movie wasn't anticipated as being a hit. Who would've thought that a space opera/western would hit so big in the 1970's? Lots of ways for a studio to fumble with contracts on surprise hits.

Lucas decided to forego lots of money from the studio in favor of retaining rights to sequels & merchandising. Plus, he managed to snag 40% of the net box office gross. Like I said, nobody predicted that Star Wars would be a big hit. They more or less said, "What the hell?" and went along. :)

halo
04-09-2005, 07:53 PM
i thought starwars was made by lucasfilm...perhaps theres a clue in there somewhere ;)

t-man152
04-09-2005, 09:16 PM
so its going to be Mafia (the videogame) with names from Godfather the movie. why not just make a sequel to Mafia it would be the same game and fanboys from the film would buy it since its the mob and all that . but because its called "The Godfather" those same people who would have liked the game are going to have to say they hate it because it shares the movies name.

once again EA not so smart.

Signal2Noise
04-09-2005, 09:56 PM
... and then for the next hour they shoot and kill each other. I had absolutely nothing to do with the game and I disapprove." "


Yes, it should have lasted for 8+ hours as in the movies. ;)

mummey
04-09-2005, 10:10 PM
Another bargain bin stuffer on the way. So sad witnessing so many terrible ideas being pushed by profitable titles.

Profitable? I doubt it. Anyone ever purchase this one? (http://www.fightclubgame.com/us/main_content.html)

cookepuss
04-09-2005, 10:53 PM
i thought starwars was made by lucasfilm...perhaps theres a clue in there somewhere ;)

Actually, the original Star Wars was made by 20th Century Fox. Read my post. Lucas bargained with them so that he could retain sequel rights, merchandising, & profit sharing.

-Vormav-
04-10-2005, 12:27 AM
Godfather? Video game?
How? http://cgtalk.com/images/smilies/suspicious.gif

mummey
04-10-2005, 02:03 AM
Actually, the original Star Wars was made by 20th Century Fox. Read my post. Lucas bargained with them so that he could retain sequel rights, merchandising, & profit sharing.

Yes and no. It was financed by Fox, $10 million to be exact.
http://www.supershadow.com/starwars/history.html

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