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Mario Puzo estate authorises Godfather prequel

6th May 2011

A prequel to Mario Puzo's classic novel The Godfather has been authorised by the author's estate and will be published in 2012.

Based on an unproduced Puzo screenplay, The Family Corleone will be written by Ed Falco and set in the 1930s, charting Don Vito Corleone's rise through the underworld to become head of a vast Sicilian crime empire.

Published in 1969, The Godfather went on to sell over 20 million copies and was adapted into an Oscar-winning Hollywood film in 1972, with Puzo earning an Academy Award for his screenplay.

The plot of the new novel is thought to be similar to the 1974 film The Godfather: Part II, which also focused on Vito's early years, with Grand Central Publishing claiming the new work 'thrillingly brings back Puzo's classic characters in a prequel that both honours the original and stands on its own'.

Puzo, who died in 1999 at the age of 78, also produced two other novels in the Godfather series - 1984's The Sicilian and Omerta, published posthumously in 2000.

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