The Godfather, and The Godfather Part II are the defining films of the mafia movie genre. Both were based on Mario Puzo’s 1969 novel, The Godfather. Puzo died in 1999 but left behind an unproduced screenplay for a prequel to the original: The Family Corleone. Now, this forgotten screenplay has been published as a book and it chronicles the family’s rise in the New York mob scene of the 20s & 30s. No word on a movie version yet but …
New York, 1933. The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression. The crime families of New York have prospered in this time, but with the coming end of Prohibition, a battle is looming that will determine which organizations will rise and which will face a violent end.
For Vito Corleone, nothing is more important that his family’s future. While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo, and Connie, are in school, unaware of their father’s true occupation, and his adopted son Tom Hagen is a college student, he worries most about Sonny, his eldest child. Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny-17 years-old, impatient and reckless-wants something else: To follow in his father’s footsteps and become a part of the real family business.
An exhilarating and profound novel of tradition and violence, of loyalty and betrayal, The Family Corleone will appeal to the legions of fans who can never get enough of The Godfather, as well as introduce it to a whole new generation.