Francis Ford Coppola to publish The Godfather notebook

Francis Ford Coppola is reproducing the famous notebook he used while making the Oscar-winning film The Godfather.

Francis Ford Coppola is reproducing his famous The Godfather notebook for public consumption.

The Godfather Notebook is a copy of the working notebook the director used during the making of his Academy Award-winning film, which starred Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as leaders of the fictional Corleone crime family.

Publisher Regan Arts announced on Tuesday (24May16) that the 720-page book features Coppola's handwritten notes on the production and his thoughts on the movie, offering an unprecedented look into the creative process of one of most heralded filmmakers of the late 20th century.

The book will also feature never-before-published photos, Coppola's personal annotations as well as directions written on the pages of Mario Puzo's original Godfather novel.

Coppola, 77, has also written an introduction to accompany the book.

"This notebook was my private work reference to The Godfather film, and after many years, I’m excited to share it with those who may be interested," Coppola said in a statement. "It is the key to understanding what went into making the film from Mario Puzo’s novel."

The Godfather was released in 1972 and spawned two sequels that arrived in 1974 and 1990.

Artefacts from Puzo and Coppola's collaboration recently appeared in the author's 45-box archive, which was sold at auction for $625,000 (£427,000) in February (16). Among the items were partial copies of the first Godfather script, storyboards outlining it, the 1965 Olympia typewriter Puzo probably used to write the book, handwritten scenes and dialogue for The Godfather: Part I and II, film scripts annotated by Puzo and occasionally Coppola and correspondence between the two.

The Godfather Notebook will be priced at $50 (£35), while a limited number of signed deluxe copies will retail for $250 (£170). Both versions go on sale on 15 November (16).

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