A Behind-the-Scenes 'Godfather' Movie Is Coming to HBO

“Francis & the Godfather” will chronicle the making of the cinematic classic

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"The Godfather" has long been hailed as one of the greatest films of all time, and now the 1972 classic will be the basis for a scripted behind-the-scenes film.

HBO Films is developing "Francis & the Godfather," which will chronicle the making of Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of the Mario Puzo crime novel. The film—a script from the 2015 Black List by Andrew Farotte—will cover everything from the casting of Al Pacino and Marlon Brando to dealings with the actual New York mafia.

Mike Marcus, Doug Mankoff, and Andrew Spaulding will executive produce "Francis & the Godfather," with Peter Bart—who first optioned "The Godfather" novel for Paramount Pictures and worked closely with Coppola—serving as a consultant on the project.

"The Godfather" was awarded the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Brando), and Best Adapted Screenplay in 1973.

Read more about the project here.