The Offer

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The Offer
Release poster
GenreBiographical drama
Created byMichael Tolkin
Developed by
  • Michael Tolkin
  • Nikki Toscano
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
ProducerDalia Ibelhauptaitė
Cinematography
Editors
  • Matt Barber
  • David Trachtenberg
  • Tanya M. Swerling
Running time51–68 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkParamount+
ReleaseApril 28 (2022-04-28) –
June 16, 2022 (2022-06-16)

The Offer is an American biographical drama miniseries created by Michael Tolkin and developed by Tolkin and Nikki Toscano for Paramount+. The series follows the development and production of Francis Ford Coppola's landmark gangster film The Godfather (1972) for Paramount Pictures. Miles Teller, Matthew Goode, Giovanni Ribisi, Colin Hanks, Dan Fogler, Juno Temple, and Burn Gorman all star. It premiered on April 28, 2022, and ran 10 episodes through June 16.

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Episodes[edit]

No.Title [1]Directed byWritten by [2]Original release date [3]
1"A Seat at the Table"Dexter FletcherMichael TolkinApril 28, 2022 (2022-04-28)
In 1969 at the Chateau Marmont, Rand Corporation employee Albert S. Ruddy meets and forms a bond with owner Francoise Glazer as well as encounters Sergeant Bilko actor Bernard Fein. Together, the pair successfully pitch the sitcom Hogan's Heroes to CBS, though Ruddy eventually departs the show. He convinces Robert Evans, head of production at Paramount Pictures, to take him on as a film producer. In New York City, struggling author Mario Puzo's The Godfather becomes a best seller and is optioned for film by Paramount. It is negatively received by the Italian-American community, in particular Frank Sinatra, as it is believed the Johnny Fontane character is based on him. Joe Colombo, one of the heads of the Five Families, begins a crusade to fight injustice towards Italian-Americans, founding the Italian-American Civil Rights League. Due to the success of the novel, rival studios such as Warner Bros. call Paramount to try and convince them to sell the film rights. Evans is able to convince Charles Bluhdorn to retain them. He tasks Ruddy to produce, who selects Puzo to adapt and Francis Ford Coppola to direct. To intimidate them into dropping the project, Colombo has Ruddy's car shot up by Mickey Cohen's men.
2"Warning Shots"Dexter FletcherTeleplay by : Michael Tolkin & Leslie Greif and Michael Tolkin & Nikki Toscano & Kevin J. Hynes
Story by : Michael Tolkin & Leslie Greif
April 28, 2022 (2022-04-28)
Ruddy juggles problems trying to get the production on track, including Puzo and Coppola taking their time on the script, more intimidation from Colombo, studio executive Barry Lapidus interfering and insisting on changes to keep the budget low and dealing with the clashing casting ideals of the studio and Coppola. All agreeing on Vic Damone for the role of Johnny Fontane, they meet with him after he expresses interest and agrees to participate, though he later announces he will not do the film after being publicly intimidated during one of his shows. For the role of Michael Corleone, Coppola insists on Al Pacino, whom Ruddy promises to get despite being told by casting executive Andrea Eastman that Evans will never approve him. Evans goes to New York and instructs Lapidus to never interfere with him again. Ruddy meets with Congressman Mario Biaggi to be given permission to film in New York but is informed this will not be allowed. Evans is sent a dead rat in a copy of the novel by Colombo and he flees back to Los Angeles, where he learns he will be removed from his position at the end of the month. Ruddy is approached by Colombo's men, who take him to meet with Colombo.
3"Fade In"Adam ArkinMichael Tolkin & Leslie Greif and Russell Rothberg & Mona Mira & Michael TolkinApril 28, 2022 (2022-04-28)
Colombo directly tells Ruddy that they will not allow the film to be made. Ruddy promises him that the film will be respectful and invites Colombo to read the script, despite not having it nor it being finished. He has his secretary Bettye McCartt steal what Puzo and Coppola have and bring it to New York. With the promise that the word "mafia" is eliminated from the script, Colombo gives his blessing for the film to be made. Coppola arrives to retrieve the script and is brought on a location scout where they find the home they will use as the Corleone home. In Los Angeles, Evans locks himself in his office and ignores calls from Bluhdorn to concentrate on the slate Paramount currently has. Bluhdorn finally gets hold of him and informs him he will not be fired, with Evans pledging that should Love Story and The Godfather flop, he will accept full fault. Glazer shows interest in helping Ruddy with producing, taking hold of one of the screenplays on his desk and accompanying him to the studio, where she pitches that Sinatra should portray Don Vito Corleone to Evans. Due to the stress from his pledge to Bluhdorn, Evans scolds Ruddy about Glazer as well as the length of the script and furiously rejects considering Pacino for the film without even seeing his screen test. Despite this and additional threats of cuts to the film, Puzo excitedly informs them that Marlon Brando, whom he wrote to about playing the Don, had written back and was interested in doing the film. In New York, Colombo contends with the release of Joe Gallo from prison.
4"The Right Shade of Yellow"Adam ArkinTeleplay by : Michael Tolkin & Leslie Greif and Michael Tolkin & Nikki Toscano
Story by : Michael Tolkin & Leslie Greif
May 5, 2022 (2022-05-05)

Tensions develop between Ruddy and Glazer due to his secrecy about troubles with the film as well as his apparent uninterest in producing with her. He confirms this during a couples counseling session, stating he needs producing to be just his. Ruddy and Evans discuss Brando, whom Evans cast doubts on due to his difficult reputation and his box office status, as well as again refusing to consider Pacino. Ruddy, Coppola and Puzo meet with Brando and record a screen test with him. Coppola travels to New York to show Bluhdorn the footage. He gives his approval on the condition Brando work for scale and comply with the studio. Evans angrily tells Ruddy to never go behind his back again. The backlash from the Italian-American community, as well as Sinatra and Biaggi, gives Bluhdorn and Lapidus reason to look at reigning Ruddy in to ensure the production doesn't get out of hand. In New York, Ruddy is able to officially get Brando signed on for the film but later that day Glazer comes to tell him she is leaving him and returning to France. The next day, the production is told the homeowner of the Corleone home location will no longer allow the film to shoot there and Bluhdorn summons him to tell him he will be given a co-producer.

Ruddy refuses and with Evans' support, is able to convince them to let him remain sole producer. The production team go out to celebrate the Brando casting and subsequent greenlight of the film but Coppola, still disappointed about Pacino, leaves. Colombo's men arrive and bring Ruddy to meet with him. Having been at the office when Ruddy was told about the Staten Island home, Colombo has the homeowner picked up and intimidates him into allowing them to still film there, deeply unnerving Ruddy. Ruddy meets Bluhdorn to get him onboard to cast Pacino, again going behind Evans' back. Evans calls Ruddy to berate him for this and tells him that for Pacino to be cast, the role of Sonny Corleone must be played by James Caan. When telling Pacino he has been cast, Ruddy and Eastman are dismayed to learn he has signed onto a comedy film for MGM and can no longer participate.
5"Kiss the Ring"Colin BuckseyTeleplay by : Michael Tolkin
Story by : Michael Tolkin & Leslie Greif and Michael Tolkin
May 12, 2022 (2022-05-12)
Gallo launches his crusade against Colombo, killing his man Carmine and stealing his truck. Ruddy asks Evans to negotiate with MGM to get Pacino out of his commitment. Finally convinced, Evans complies and makes the deal. Through this, he is tipped off about Gulf & Western potentially selling Paramount. Biaggi continues to cause issues for the production, having the filming permits pulled for their locations. Colombo, meeting with the congressman in regards to the FBI raiding him, gets the permits reinstated. The budget, despite the cast working for scale and leveraging incentives, is still over the $4 million price, so Ruddy and Coppola meet with Bluhdorn and get the budget increased to $6 million. To mark the beginning of production, the cast are assembled for a dinner where they stage a performance to showcase their characters. Lapidus confirms to Evans that Paramount is being considered for sale. Colombo summons Ruddy to an IARCL event endorsing Biaggi for re-election and blindsides Ruddy by announcing the League and Gulf & Western reached a deal for the earnings from the premiere of the film to be donated to League hospitals.
6"A Stand Up Guy"Colin BuckseyNikki ToscanoMay 19, 2022 (2022-05-19)
The news of Gulf & Western working with Colombo reaches Bluhdorn and Evans, prompting Bluhdorn to fast track offloading Paramount and firing Ruddy from the film. McCartt, despite being disrespected by Ruddy, goes to Colombo to tell him about the firing. He immediately moves to cause trouble for the production as a means to have Ruddy reinstated. While meeting to vote on selling Paramount on a discount to a Texan investor, Evans interrupts and give a speech to have them reconsider. It is decided they will not sell Paramount after Bluhdorn changes his mind. Coppola informs Bluhdorn about the mafia interference and Ruddy is rehired, allowing him to return and witness the completion of the first day of production. In response to Gallo, Colombo orders an attack against him and Nicky Barnes.
7"Mr. Producer"Gwyneth Horder-PaytonKevin J. HynesMay 26, 2022 (2022-05-26)
Lapidus continues to raise problems with the production, working to have Pacino fired from the film and conspiring with Paramount executive Jack Ballard and film editor Aram Avakian to deliver unfinished dailies to Bluhdorn to get Coppola fired too. On set, Coppola has creative conflicts with cinematographer Gordon Willis over the lighting, the prop horse head is too fake looking to use and due to the death of the initial actor hired, one of Colombo's men Lenny Montana is cast to play Luca Brasi. Ruddy, seeing that dailies are being produced to Bluhdorn without his knowledge, makes it so he and Coppola approve their screening. To convince Bluhdorn about Pacino's acting ability, they bring him to set for the filming of the restaurant murder scene, which greatly impresses him. McCartt facilitates getting a real dead horse's head for the production and once Ruddy learns it is Ballard and Avakian leaking dailies, he has them fired from the film. Ruddy bonds more with Colombo, and is stunned upon witnessing Colombo be shot at a League rally by one of Gallo's men, Gallo receiving the blessing for the hit from Carlo Gambino. Evans' marriage to Ali MacGraw comes to an end.
8"Crossing That Line"Gwyneth Horder-PaytonRussell RothbergJune 2, 2022 (2022-06-02)
With Colombo in the hospital, Gallo moves to dissolve the League and to assume control over the film. An incident during filming where Gianni Russo actually hit Talia Shire prompts Ruddy to have Caan beat him up for real during filming of a scene. Ruddy makes several shifts to the budget to accommodate filming in Sicily, but when Gallo accosts Ruddy in his hotel room and strong arms him for money, the filming is again put in jeopardy. Having become distracted in his work and constantly absent from the production, Evans is confronted by Ruddy during the New York filming wrap party, and Evans makes a drunken scene in front of Bluhdorn. Before Ruddy decides to give into his demands, he learns that Gallo was shot to death at his birthday dinner in retaliation for his attack on Colombo.
9"It's Who We Are"Adam ArkinNikki Toscano & Mona MiraJune 9, 2022 (2022-06-09)
The crew arrives in Italy, travelling to the town of Corleone to film. However Ruddy hurries them out once realizing he would have to work with the Italian mafia, with the crew relocating to Forza d'Agrò. Evans continues to deteriorate and Bluhdorn sends Lapidus to assume his duties at Paramount. Upon learning this, Ruddy returns and convinces Bluhdorn to let him talk to Evans. After several attempts, Ruddy enters his home through a window and has a heart-to-heart conversation with Evans, but this does not sway him. Lapidus makes numerous changes to the studio's slate and instructs Coppola to cut 30 minutes from the film. Bluhdorn arrives in Los Angeles to officially remove Evans, but during a marketing meeting, Evans returns. Bluhdorn still offers Lapidus the chance to take over but Lapidus concedes Evans should remain, with Evans allowing the film to retain the cut 30 minutes. McCartt reveals to Ruddy she wants to leave to become a talent agent. Ruddy arranges for a screening of the film for the members of Colombo's crew and visits Colombo in the hospital.
10"Brains and Balls"Adam ArkinNikki Toscano & Russell Rothberg & Michael TolkinJune 16, 2022 (2022-06-16)
With the film debuting in March 1972 following the success of Cabaret, Lapidus proposes that they block book opening weekend. Evans meets with MacGraw, hoping to rekindle their marriage, but she serves him with divorce papers. MacGraw does join Evans for the premiere. Ruddy, seeking his next project, writes a script for The Longest Yard and gets Burt Reynolds to sign on. But Ruddy cannot get Evans to hear his pitch, as Evans wants him to concentrate on The Godfather sequel. The Godfather is a critical and commercial success, accumulating multiple nominations at the Academy Awards. Evans brokers a deal with Bluhdorn to become Executive Vice President of Production to also produce films, while Ruddy invests in McCartt's talent agency. With The Godfather winning Best Picture and The Godfather Part II in development, Ruddy tells Evans he will not participate on Part II to get The Longest Yard made, which Evans allows.

Production[edit]

The project was announced in September 2020 to air on Paramount+, and for the story to be described from the perspective of producer Albert S. Ruddy.[4] Armie Hammer was cast to play him in December 2020,[5][6] but dropped out the following month; he was replaced by Miles Teller in May 2021.[7] In April 2021, Dexter Fletcher was hired to direct several episodes.[8][9] Matthew Goode, Giovanni Ribisi, Colin Hanks, Dan Fogler and Juno Temple joined the production in June,[10][11][12] and in July, Burn Gorman joined as Charles Bludhorn. Justin Chambers has a recurring role as Marlon Brando.[13][14] In October, Eric Balfour, Michael Gandolfini and Zack Schor joined the cast, with Balfour playing production designer Dean Tavoularis.[15][16]

Filming for the series began in July 2021 but was paused on July 29 due to a positive COVID-19 test.[17] On August 23, 2021, it was reported that plans to film at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles between August 25 to 27 were scrapped after learning about a labor dispute there.[18] The miniseries was released on April 28, 2022, with the first three episodes of the ten-episode miniseries available immediately and the rest debuting on a weekly basis on Thursdays.[19]

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 57% of 53 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The website's consensus reads: "Overstuffed with unnecessary subplots and cloying winks at showbiz history, this is an Offer you can refuse."[20] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 48 out of 100 based on 26 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[21]

Accolades received by The Offer
Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2023 Critics' Choice Awards Best Limited Series The Offer Nominated [22]
Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television Matthew Goode Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television Juno Temple Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television Juno Temple Won [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""The Offer" LOGLINES". ViacomCBS Press Express (Press release). June 6, 2022. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  2. ^ "The Offer". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  3. ^ "Shows A-Z – The Offer on Paramount+". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  4. ^ White, Peter (September 15, 2020). "'The Godfather' Making-Of Event Drama, Taylor Sheridan Spy Thriller, 'The Game' Reboot & 'Behind The Music' Revival Lead Paramount+ Original Slate". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  5. ^ Porter, Rick (December 1, 2020). "Armie Hammer to Star in 'Godfather' Making-Of Series at Paramount+". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (December 1, 2020). "'The Offer': Armie Hammer To Play 'The Godfather' Producer Al Ruddy In Paramount+ Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  7. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 28, 2021). "Armie Hammer Departs Paramount Plus Series 'The Offer' About Making Of 'The Godfather' Post Social Media Controversy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (April 1, 2021). "Dexter Fletcher to Direct 'Godfather' Making-of Series for Paramount+ (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (May 28, 2021). "'The Offer': Miles Teller Replaces Armie Hammer As Producer Al Ruddy In Paramount+ Limited Series About Making Of 'The Godfather'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 7, 2021). "'The Offer': Matthew Goode To Play Robert Evans In Paramount+ Limited Series About the Making Of 'The Godfather'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 8, 2021.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (June 9, 2021). "'The Offer': Giovanni Ribisi, Colin Hanks & Dan Fogler Join Paramount+ Limited Series About the Making Of 'The Godfather'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 24, 2021). "'The Offer': 'Ted Lasso's Juno Temple Joins Miles Teller In Paramount+ Event Series About The Making Of 'The Godfather'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (July 8, 2021). "'The Offer' Adds Burn Gorman As Charles Bluhdorn, Patrick Gallo As Mario Puzo, Josh Zuckerman As Peter Bart & More In Making Of 'The Godfather' Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 8, 2021). "Justin Chambers To Play Marlon Brando In First Post 'Grey's Anatomy' Role On 'The Offer' Limited Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (October 4, 2021). "'The Offer': Eric Balfour To Play Dean Tavoularis In Paramount+'s Making Of 'The Godfather' Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
  16. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 21, 2021). "'Many Saints of Newark' Star Michael Gandolfini, 'Hunters' Alum Zack Schor Join 'The Offer' at Paramount Plus (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 21, 2021.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 29, 2021). "'The Offer' Limited Series Pauses Production After Positive Covid Test". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  18. ^ Grobar, Matt (August 23, 2021). "'The Offer' Series On Making Of 'The Godfather' Honors Chateau Marmont Boycott, Scraps Plans To Shoot At Iconic Los Angeles Hotel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  19. ^ Petski, Denise (January 11, 2022). "'The Offer': Making Of 'The Godfather' Series Gets Premiere Date On Paramount+". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
  20. ^ "The Offer: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
  21. ^ "The Offer". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
  22. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (January 15, 2023). "Critics Choice Awards: Full List of Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 16, 2023. Retrieved January 16, 2023.
  23. ^ "IPA Reveals Nominations for the 27th Satellite™ Awards". International Press Academy. December 8, 2022. Retrieved December 8, 2022.

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