Offer Director Adam Arkin Explains How He Recreated The Godfather World (Exclusive)
Few movies stand the test of time like The Godfatherbut even 50 years after its theatrical release, the film is still considered a must-watch for moviegoers. Francis Ford Coppola’s detective epic has revolutionized Hollywood, turning a seven-figure budget into hundreds of millions of dollars in profits as well as cleaning up at awards shows around the world. That said, the Corleone story that fans see on screen is far from the only narrative to explore.
Paramount + The offer takes audiences back to 1970s Hollywood, where a young Albert Ruddy (Miles Teller) is tasked with turning Mario Puzo’s bestselling crime novel into a great movie. The road to bring The Godfather Life is paved with crowd obstacles, outside interference, and other unpredictable bumps along the way, as explored throughout the ten-episode miniseries.
The trials and tribulations that take place in The offer are hectic for the characters onscreen, but behind the scenes, tackling this project was a dream come true for one of the show’s directors.
Adam Arkin’s detail realization experience in the offer
“You can do anything, but never go against the family.”
For The offer director Adam Arkin, taking on this series embodies what Don Corleone commands in The Godfather.
Speaking to Liam Crowley of The Direct, Arkin revealed his connections to the world of The Godfather return to his father.
“My family had a long-standing friendship with actor Alex Rocco. My dad had worked with him a number of times. He played Moe Green in the movie, which gets his eyes gouged out. There was many other cross-pollinated things My dad made a movie called Little Murders which [The Godfather cinematographer] Gordon Willis was the cinematographer, so he ended up collaborating with him for a long time. There were plenty of reasons for me to know about and be interested in the film and God knows it didn’t disappoint me.”
Arkin himself was only a teenager when The Godfather released in theaters on March 15, 1972, and he remembers making it a priority viewing.
“I was very aware that the movie was coming out. I remember reading the book. I think the plans for the movie were already well advanced by the time I read the book. I was in the middle of the teenage years when the movie came out and I already knew this was the company I wanted to be in. I saw it the week it opened. And I was one of those people who told everyone that I knew they had to see it. I was blown away by her, as was, you know, the rest of the world.”
While most The offerThe first episodes of set in studios and executive boardrooms, the series is expected to bring audiences back to the authentic Godfather sets. As special as it was for Arkin to be in these recreated filming locations, he pointed out that the team put “lots of thought” in “honoring the spirit of the original.”
“It kind of permeated the whole experience, even anticipating how we wanted to approach the material. We put a lot of thought into honoring the spirit of the original and, and being very respectful of that. And whenever we were doing one of the scenes that involve kind of iconic recreations of the set of The Godfather, one scene in particular that comes later, I don’t want to give spoilers, but they go to Sicily. some scenes from the film in Sicily that aren’t recreated, but the environment that they were to be created in was established, so you kind of have an idea of what the atmosphere must have been like and every time we were doing something like that, it was incredibly evocative and an honor to be able to be part of it.”
After being announced for Paramount+ in fall 2020, production on The offer debuted in July 2021. While the series encountered a brief COVID-19-related hitch about a month into filming, Arkin noted that “no plot points” have been amended accordingly.
In fact, the pandemic hurdles ended up benefiting Arkin, as the director’s chair opened up for the miniseries’ final two episodes, leading showrunner Nikki Toscano to approach him with an offer that he couldn’t refuse.
“You know, one of the biggest changes really affected me, and I’m ashamed to say it wasn’t in a negative way. I only planned to do two episodes. I did the episodes three and four. And at that time, Dexter Fletcher, who did the pilot block for episodes one and two, was going to be doing the last two episodes, nine and 10. But because of those COVID delays that you mentioned, it ended up having a scheduling conflict. appeared right in the middle of episodes three and four, and Nikki Toscano, the show’s brilliant showrunner came over, along with her partner, Russell Rothberg, and asked me if I was going to be free by the time they were doing the last two so I was lucky enough to be available to do it and to be asked, and I jumped at the chance.”
The director’s chair itself is a revolving door on The offer, as the aforementioned Dexter Fletcher passed the reins to Arkin, who then handed over to Colin Bucksey. Despite the many creatives in charge, Arkin stressed that he does not want “reinvent the wheel” with its episodes, and emphasized wanting to honor the “look and feel” that Fletcher established.
“I was very aware going into episodes three and four that I was entering a sandbox that Dexter had gone to great lengths to set up. He was instrumental in building the team and in establishing some sort of look and feel for the piece. Usually when I come in as a director after that amount has already been established, I don’t come in with the slightest desire to reinvent the wheel. I want to fit into the consistent tone that’s been established and honor that. I think it goes without saying that any director who actually has some experience will, even without intending to, for him -even putting his stamp on the hardware in the middle of something that worked so well.”
The series’ main man, Miles Teller, plays famed film producer Albert Ruddy, who helped get The Godfather of the ground. In a twist of irony, Ruddy expresses his disdain for doing television over movies in the first episode, despite The offer being television himself.
That said, the modern world of streaming is different from the cable programming of the 1970s. Arkin added that the real Albert Ruddy played a big role in bringing The offer back to life, and noted that based on his one-on-ones with him, he thinks Ruddy would be “among the first” to accommodate today’s streaming.
“Well, I can’t speak for him, but in the case of Albert Ruddy, he was actually very involved in getting this project done. He was consulted. I actually had the chance to communicate with him personally a few times.. And I think Albert Ruddy is someone who is interested in getting you hooked on the reality of current trends of the day.If a certain medium is going to tell stories, that’s fine happen, and achieved a certain type of warmth and success around that. I think Albert Ruddy would be among the first to adapt to that reality. He was all for making that show and was very involved, hands-on, expressing enthusiasm, asking questions and providing support.”
Yes The offer is something from which, there are hundreds of untold production stories that are siege-edge tales in and of themselves. movies like Save Mr. Banks and Once upon a time in Hollywood take audiences to old school studios and tell dramatized versions of what cinema was like in the 20th century, much like The offer.
Replication The offerArkin’s storytelling structure is something Arkin considers worth redoing. The director points to a project from his father’s legendary catalog that he thinks deserves to be showcased.
“There are probably dozens of them. I often thought that I was there and present during the whole filming of the movie that my father starred in, Catch-22. And Catch-22 was an interesting example of a book which was believable, well known and popular, and with a much anticipated film adaptation which, unlike The Godfather, was not received in the same way and I don’t think it was seen as a successful take on it. book. But the making of that movie, and there are times when I thought about revisiting that and looking at a lot of things through the eyes of a kid who was the age I was at the time- there, because I was about 13. There’s a story to tell. They’re huge personalities. Mike Nichols, Joseph Heller, John Calley. There were so many people who were established stars. Orson Welles makes a appearance in the film. I think it would be despite the fact that the film adaptation is not at all close of the success of The Godfather was, I still think it was a story that could be rich.”
Until there, The offer airs new episodes every Thursday on Paramount+.