Lawyers representing the estate of Puzo – who passed away ten years ago – initially filed a $1 million lawsuit back in June after alleging it was owed profits from the commercial success of EA’s Godfather.
You would have thought that Electronic Arts would have been the defender in this case, but EA was licensed to produce the game by Paramount Pictures. This wasn’t personal, this was business.
Francis Ford Coppola, the director of the Godfather trilogy, spoke of his disdain for Paramount back in 2005, alleging that he had not been informed until work on the game had already been started.
Both parties in the lawsuit are said to have settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. “We think it’s a terrific settlement,” said Bert Fields, a lawyer for the Puzo estate. “This involved one of the most admired films of all time.”
With this out of the way though, the Corleone family is soon to return with the second installment in the Godfather franchise.