'The Godfather' Prequel Focuses on Vito Corleone's Rise to Power

Mario Puzo’s bestselling mafia novel is getting a prequel, announced the book's publisher Grand Central yesterday. 'The Family Corleone,' as it has been titled, will be written by Ed Falco, a playwright and author of three novels (and, ironically, uncle to HBO Sopranos star Edie Falco.)

Based on an unproduced screenplay written by the late Puzo, the book will tell the story about how Vito Corleone rose to power in Depression-era New York.

The book has been authorized by the estate of Puzo, who died 12 years ago, having penned the Oscar-winning screenplays for 'The Godfather' and 'The Godfather II.' His original book, 'The Godfather,' was first published in 1969 and has sold over 21 million copies.

The big question we at Cosa Nostra News are asking ourselves: Will Francis Ford Coppola direct a film based on the work... There is a good chance, considering Puzo has a script floating around. In many a DVD commentary, Coppola has expressed hesitance on working on anymore films in the Corleone saga without Puzo by his side.