KEY POINTS

  • Francis Ford Coppola revealed that he wasn't "nuts" about making "The Godfather Part II"
  • Coppola said that wanted to make a movie about a father-son duo but not in the "Godfather" universe
  • "Godfather Part II" is considered to be one of the greatest films of all-time

Francis Ford Coppola has revealed that he never intended to make the sequel of the iconic movie "The Godfather," which is considered to be one of the greatest films of all-time.

Speaking in an interview with Vulture, the 81-year-old director opened up about the iconic franchise and whether he wanted to make more "Godfather" films.

Coppola said that he wasn't excited about the idea of making a second movie in the epic-gangster series. He also noted that he always to write a movie about a father and a son but initially never thought of making a second "Godfather" film with that story.

But later, he used that idea in making probably the greatest gangster movie ever.

"I wasn’t that nuts about making ['Godfather Part II'] when they first entertained the idea. But I always had an idea in my head to write a story about a father and a son at the same age — with the story of the father, when the son is a little baby running around the house, and then the story of the son at that age (say, age 30) with the father as a doddering old guy. And I realized that I could apply it to the Godfather story. That’s what happened with the script for Part II," he told Vulture.

Coppola also said that he went through bankruptcy before the third feature and had the support of family throughout.

During the same interview, the "Apocalypse Now" director shared that his daughter, filmmaker Sofia Coppola, must have felt really bad after hearing that she "ruined" her father's career.

"I asked her to come in, and she tested for it. She didn’t particularly want to do it. Of course, Sofia went on to have a wonderful career of her own, but it must have hurt her terribly to be told, ‘You ruined your father’s picture,’ when in fact, she hadn’t – in my opinion," Coppola said.

"The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II" are considered to be two of the greatest movies of all time. The movies currently hold second and third positions, respectively, on IMDb's list of top 250 films.

The first film won three Oscars, including best picture. Meanwhile, Marlon Brando received the best actor accolade for portraying the role of Don Vito Corleone.

The sequel became an even bigger success and took home six Academy Awards, including best picture, best director accolade for Coppola and best actor for Robert De Niro.

The Godfather
The Godfather. From left to right, Salvatore Corsitto as Bonasera, James Caan as Santino 'Sonny' Corleone and Marlon Brando (1924 - 2004) as Don Vito Corleone in 'The Godfather', 1972. Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
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