The Offer, a ten-episode limited series from Paramount+, has debuted a new teaser. The Offer will trace the production of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. The drama series will go into the tumultuous creation of one of cinema’s most revered masterpieces, uncovering what went on behind the scenes and explaining how The Godfather almost didn’t happen.
In the new teaser, we meet Albert S. Ruddy (Miles Teller), a producer hired by Paramount Pictures to adapt Mario Puzo’s (Patrick Gallo) best-selling novel The Godfather, which was published in 1969. The studio wasn’t confident the picture would be a hit, so it planned the adaptation as a low-budget effort at initially. However, as Ruddy became more engaged with the project, The Godfather developed into a monster of a picture, requiring financing much above anyone’s estimates.
The teaser depicts how Ruddy enlisted Coppola’s (Dan Fogler) help on the project, anticipating that the director’s vision would take The Godfather in a fresh new path. The teaser also emphasizes the weight on Ruddy’s shoulders, as prior gangster films’ failures jeopardized The Godfather’s production. The Offer‘s trailer also features Grey’s Anatomy alum Justin Chambers as Marlon Brando, a celebrity who became personally engaged with the film’s development and assisted Ruddy in his fundraising efforts. Finally, the trailer shows how Ruddy and Coppola reframed The Godfather’s plot, turning it into a story about family and human relationships rather than pitching it as another gangster picture.
The Godfather, directed by Al Pacino and released in 1972, chronicles the Corleone crime family as their youngest son Michael (Al Pacino) grows from a hesitant outsider to a brutal mob boss. The picture received positive reviews from both critics and the general public, and it was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, winning three of them, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for Brando. The popularity of The Godfather led to the production of two sequels, and the trilogy is perhaps Coppola’s most well-known work.
Anthony Ippolito, Matthew Goode, Giovanni Ribisi, Colin Hanks, Juno Temple, and Michael Gandolfini also star in The Offer. Actor Lenny Montana is played by Lou Ferrigno. Michael Tolkin devised and wrote The Offer, with Nikki Toscano serving as co-writer and showrunner.
On April 28, the first three episodes of The Offer will air on Paramount+. Following then, fresh episodes are released weekly on Thursdays on the streaming site. Take a look at the new video and key art below the jump: