Rushing to meet their deadline, Coppola and [Mario] Puzo took turns working on the script, then went off to Reno together to hammer out a draft. “A gambling casino is a 24-hour environment where you can work real hard, then if you want a break, you can go gambling,” Coppola explains. During their high-rolling breaks, Puzo played roulette while Coppola stuck to 21 and craps. “I lost about $10,0000 writing that script, and he lost about $30,000,” says Coppola. “He’s not as good a gambler as I am.”
- Francis Ford Coppola on the writing process of The Godfather: Part III (1990), from the December 1990 issue of American Film Magazine.
Leonardo DiCaprio has joined AFI DOCS alum Virunga as executive producer, and will partner with Netflix to help spread the word about the documentary that follows park rangers in Africa’s oldest national park as they try to protect endangered gorillas from poachers and militia funded by foreign oil interests.
The film will be released in theaters in LA and NY and be available for streaming on Netflix on Nov. 7.
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