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PACINO AND KEATON WILL RETURN TO THEIR ROLES AS 3RD `GODFATHER’ BEGINS FILMING IN ROME

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Francis Ford Coppola will revive "The Godfather" for a third act next month as he begins filming in Italy with returning stars Al Pacino and Diane Keaton and newcomers including Eli Wallach.

"We hope to do something in the tradition of the others," Coppola told Daily Variety. "If all three were put together, we would like to feel they're all part of one `Godfather' project."Paramount's "The Godfather - The Continuing Story" starts filming in Rome on Nov. 15 from a script written by Coppola and Mario Puzo, who first chronicled the Corleone saga in the best-selling novel "The Godfather."

Pacino, nominated twice for Academy Awards in the previous two films, will return as the powerful underworld don Michael Corleone and Keaton will play his ex-wife.

Talia Shire, Coppola's sister, will reprise her role as sister Connie Corleone.

New faces include Wallach as a friend of the late Don Corleone, and Andy Garcia, who will portray an illegitimate Corleone son.

The original "Godfather" was released in 1972; the sequel two years later garnered 16 Oscar nominations. Each film won the coveted best picture Oscar. The two movies have grossed more than $700 million.