Things to Know Before Watching ‘The Offer’

Here are things you should know about ‘The Offer’, a mini-series based on the real-life experiences of Albert Ruddy and the challenges he faced while producing ‘The Godfather’.

‘The Godfather’ – widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential films of all time was released fifty years ago on March 24, 1972. The Paramount+ miniseries – ‘The Offer’ is a retelling of the production of ‘The Godfather’ and follows Albert S. Ruddy’s trials and victories through his eyes as he strived to produce ‘The Godfather’ in the early 1970s.

What is ‘The Offer’ about?

‘The Offer” is a Paramount+ miniseries based on the experiences producer Albert S. Ruddy had while working on Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel for a film that had many complications before it hit the screens. Puzo’s novel was about an Italian American mob family. It included their in-fighting between each other as well as with other Mafioso. The challenges started with the fact that Puzo’s novel angered Italian Americans.

The mafia was most especially maddened. According to Ruddy, the Mob threatened the production, as per IndieWire. They salted deals between the production and actors. They generally did not want to see the movie get made.

Tolkin told Vanity Fair earlier this year that adapting the true story was a no-brainer. It is easy to see why show creator Michael Tolkin was interested. 

“What sealed it for me was when Al [Ruddy] said, ‘Every day of making ‘The Godfather’ was the worst day in my life,’ and that told me we had a show,” Tolkin said. ”For every character in the film, getting it made or stopping it from being made was at the core of their actions, and it was a matter of life and death to them.”

Trailer:

Cast:

‘The Spectacular Now’, ‘Whiplash’ and the ‘Divergent’ series star Miles Teller plays the central role of the producer, Albert S. Ruddy.

Juno Temple (‘Ted Lasso’, ‘Horns’) as Rudy’s secretary and Hollywood agent Betty McCartt.

Grey’s Anatomys’ Justin Chambers as Marlon Brando.

Giovanni Ribisi (‘Sneaky Pete’) as mobster Joe Colombo, who campaigned against the film for its “hatred and prejudice” in its portrayal of the Italian-American community.

Matthew Goode (‘A Discovery of Witches’, ‘The Imitation Day’) as Paramount Studios chief  Robert Evans.

Colin Hanks and Burn Gorman play studio executives Barry Lapidus and Charles Bluhdorn, respectively.

Anthony Ippolito (‘Grand Army’) as Al Pacino.

Brandon Sklenar as Burt Reynolds.

Jean Watts as Ann Margret.

Kyleen Likas as Raquel Welch, and

Frank John Hughes (‘Band of Brothers’) as Frank Sinatra, among others.

Who is Behind the Miniseries?

The ‘Rocketman’ director Dexter Fletcher helms several episodes of the series. He also serves as an executive producer alongside series creator Michael Tolkin, showrunner and co-writer Nikki Toscano, and the real-life Ruddy, according to IndieWire.

Showrunners:

Produced by Paramount Television Studios, the show is executive produced by Dexter Fletcher, who also serves as the series director. Leslie Greif, Dalia Ibelhauptaite, Michael Tolkin, Nikki Toscano, and Albert S Ruddy are all executive producers too.

Where Can You Watch the Show?

‘The Offer’ will be exclusively available on Paramount’s streaming services for those in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Nordics, and the Middle East.

When Can You Watch ‘The Offer’?

‘The Offer’ premieres on April 28, 2022. The first three episodes will be out on this day, with the remaining episodes dropping every week following the launch of the earlier episodes.

 

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