Francis and The Godfather: Chronicle of the Making of 1972 Oscar-Winning Film

HBO Films is developing Francis & the Godfather, a scripted movie that chronicles the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 adaptation of the novel by Mario Puzo.

The script is penned by Andrew Farotte, who is revising his original screenplay that appeared on the 2015 Black List.

Mike Marcus, Doug Mankoff, and Andrew Spaulding will serve as executive producers on the film.

Peter Bart, who as executive at Paramount optioned Puzo’s novel and worked with Robert Evans and Coppola, will serve as a consultant.

Echo Lake Entertainment is producing.

Francis & the Godfather tells the behind-the-scenes story of the film’s creation, from Coppola joining the project to the casting of Al Pacino and Marlon Brando to dealings with the real-life New York mafia. The project is part of an ongoing push into television by Echo Lake, which in 2014 brought in former A&E executive Chris Davis to head TV development.

Released in 1972, “The Godfather” is regarded as one of the greatest feature films in American history.