Godfather Sequels & Prequels (And I Starred in One of Them!)

There’s a lot of hubbub around Ed Falco’s new prequel to The Godfather, called The Family Corleone. Seems like Paramount, who was not a fan of the two post-Puzo sequels written by Mark Winegardner, wants to “protect the integrity and reputation of The Godfather trilogy” by preventing the publication of Falco’s book.

Too bad, I say, because Falco’s prequel is pretty darn good. As I say in my review:

For better or worse, Falco follows every esoteric character with the same steadicam curiosity. His moments of blam-blam-blam, though, are ace. Best of all, he supplies a grand set-piece finale—a parade—that will have readers dreaming of just one more movie.

At the end of the day, though, I can’t help but feel a little jealous by all of the free press Falco is scoring. After all, I wrote, produced, directed, and starred in my own feature-length Godfather sequel when I was in high school, and to date, not a single damn person has sued me! What will it take?? Watch my teenage magnum opus below, or read the story behind the story right here.

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About the Author:

Dan Kraus, senior editor at Booklist is the producer and director of numerous feature films, most notably the documentary Work Series, and the author of several YA novels, including Rotters and Scowler, both of which won the Odyssey Award.

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