1970s Hollywood arguably served as the peak of cinematic creativity. This is a result of book-adapted classics like A Clockwork Orange, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and, of course, The Godfather. As one of the most iconic gangster movies ever made, if not the most depending on what scope you’re looking through, it’s bewildering to imagine a world in which the film didn’t come to light. However, Paramount Plus’ forthcoming original series, The Offer, takes us behind the scenes of how this mobster masterpiece was nearly never released.
Primarily revolved around the film’s producers in Albert S. Ruddy and Robert Evans, along with esteemed director Francis Ford Coppola, The Offer looks to serve as an incredibly star-studded flashback, chock-full of cameos. Things begin to take shape when Ruddy, portrayed by Miles Teller, is told that he must produce the movie for Mario Puzo’s epic new novel, which he lies about having read. It’s funny to think that the overall production process had started with a lie — but that’s Hollywood for you.
Moving forward, Ruddy and late, famed talent manager Bettye McCartt, the latter of whom is played by Ted Lasso’s Juno Temple, are shown spending time at Coppola’s home, scouring the right actors, and getting into run-ins with real-life mobsters who claim they’ll do everything in their power to make sure this movie isn’t made — clearly, that never worked out too well for them.
Seeing as The Godfather is turning 50 this year, it seems as though this dramatized, behind-the-scenes look is beyond appropriate for 2022. The Offer will premiere on April 28th exclusively on Paramount+.