Wanting to remain loyal to the novel, Paramount Pictures hired author Mario Puzo in April, 1970 to write the first draft of the screenplay. When Francis Ford Coppola was hired as director in September, 1970, he took on the role of scriptwriting; I did my own version of the screenplay, then I contacted Mario and we collaborated. It is from this collaboration that the first draft was produced, loyal to Puzo’s plot, characters and themes, Coppola cinematised the novel; The art of adaptation is when you can do something that wasn’t in the literary source but is so much like the source that it should have been. Working to a tight preproduction schedule, it is believed that limited copies of this first draft were produced, with no documented examples in public archives. Believed to be the first copy to have come to auction, as part of a complete set used by the original assistant director, this lot presents an important record of the development of The Godfather
Stephen Kesten was hired as the Assistant Director on The Godfather, however parted ways with Coppola during filming. Although Kesten is credited in a number of film databases, he is not credited in The Godfather.