Beg, borrow, steal – do whatever it takes. See producer Albert S. Ruddy’s story of making The Godfather in #TheOffer, a Limited Event Series streaming April 28 only on #ParamountPlus pic.twitter.com/IYB0tN1MQV
— Paramount+ (@paramountplus) February 1, 2022
The entertainment industry has turned to a whole host of different places for inspiration through the years, including, of course, the fascinating world of crime syndicates and the Mafia. However, when you think of the Mafia and the movies, the chances are that a certain series of classics spring to mind. The Godfather trilogy is often regarded as a seminal piece of work, with the first and second parts featuring prominently in IMDb’s Top 250 Movies.
Now, the story behind the creation of the first movie is set to come to our screens, and mobsters are expected to have a key bearing on the action.
The upcoming limited series is called The Offer and Vanity Fair recently published a look at what this Paramount+ show is set to have in store. The site explains that it was created by Michael Tolkin and is based on the experiences of producer Albert S. Ruddy.
Miles Teller is starring in the role of Ruddy, while Dan Fogler is appearing as director Francis Ford Coppola. The rest of the cast includes Juno Temple and Matthew Goode, with another notable character is being tackled by Giovanni Ribisi.
Vanity Fair details how he is playing Joseph Colombo, the reputed head of a family who was not a fan of the archetypal depiction of mobsters. The site adds that shutting down production on The Godfather was a “point of both pride and practicality” for him.
A new chapter
The Offer is certainly a tantalizing prospect and one that marks a notable new chapter in the history of crime families appearing in entertainment. Gangsters, the Mafia, and mobsters have been an influence and inspiration in countless areas across the decades. The themes have notably emerged in online casino gaming. For instance, Slots Calendar outlines how videoslots these days have various themes covering a range of areas. While the site references outer space and mythology, it also features several titles inspired by the world of mobsters. These include the likes of Gangsters and Gangster Night.
Elsewhere within the gaming industry, real-life mobster antics have spawned titles like the famous Mafia series. The official site explains how players can experience life across three eras of organized crime in the US.
It’s been 5 years since the world was introduced to Mafia III and a tale of revenge fought from the streets of New Bordeaux to the depths of its criminal underworld. What is your favorite moment from Lincoln Clay’s story? pic.twitter.com/O4KfytYaH9
— Mafia: Trilogy (@mafiagame) October 7, 2021
Of course, The Godfather is far from the only movie to be based in this area. There are almost too many to count, with notable titles including The Irishman, Gangster Squad, and Public Enemies. Let’s not forget the acclaimed TV show, The Sopranos, which starred James Gandolfini as the key protagonist in a contemporary retelling of the Mafia story. There have been numerous attempts to explore the scandalous world of the mob and there will undoubtedly be many more to come.
A huge influence
All in all, it is always interesting to reflect on the huge influence that crime families, gangsters, and similar themes have had on popular culture, from gaming to movies and beyond.
The Godfather is undoubtedly a cinematic classic and it will be intriguing to see what The Offer has in store. However, one thing seems pretty certain: it is unlikely to be the last time that we see organized crime and related themes hitting our screens. The area appears to be a constant source of fascination and we can’t wait to see what comes next.