Mario Puzo’s The Godfather ranks among the most deeply influential stories of the 20th century. The subsequent 1972 film adaptation directed by Francis Ford Coppola and 11 Oscar nominations – three wins including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Marlon Brando – only served to cement its icon status. But would you believe the events which transpired behind the scenes of said production was just as fascinating as what the world read on pages/witnessed on screens? That’s essentially the premise of Paramount+’s upcoming limited series The Offer.
Based on the experiences of Oscar-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy (portrayed by Miles Teller; replacing Armie Hammer because, well… you know), the biographical affair chronicles a Hollywood odyssey not many will be familiar with across 10 episodes. Beyond the usual hurdles of making a film like uncertainty about seeing mission success, studio politics, financing issues, and larger-than-life creatives with runaway visions like Francis Ford Coppola (portrayed by Dan Fogler)… there was drama with cinematic qualities equal to that of the classic film’s subject matter. We’re talking guns, bona fide gangsters, the Italian-American Civil Rights League led by – checks notes – the mafia itself, and more.
Miles Teller and Dan Fogler star opposite Matthew Goode as veteran producer and studio executive Robert Evans. The trio is joined by Giovanni Ribisi as head of the prolific Colombo crime family Joe Colombo Sr, Juno Temple as Bettye McCartt, Colin Hanks as Barry Lapidus, Burn Gorman as industrialist Charles Bluhdorn, and Patrick Gallo as author Mario Puzo. As for who will portray the familiar faces featured in The Godfather, Justin Chambers will bring Marlon Brando / Don Vito Corleone to life, while Anthony Ippolito takes on Al Pacino / Michael Corleone.
Paramount+’s The Offer has been created and written by Michael Tolkin (Escape At Dannemora, The Player), directed and executive produced by Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman). Miles Teller and the real-life Al Ruddy also served as executive producers on the series alongside Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys).
The first three episodes of The Offer starring Miles Teller and Matthew Goode will officially be available to stream on Paramount+ from April 28th, while the remaining seven episodes are scheduled for weekly release thereafter (Thursdays in the US; Fridays here in Australia) – check out the trailer above.