The network has acquired exclusive on-air and on-demand U.S. cable rights to “The Godfather,” “The Godfather: Part II,” “The Godfather: Part III” and 1977’s chronological re-do of the first two movies, “The Godfather: The Complete Novel for Television,” for the period of January 2011 through December 2019.
“The latest investment further represents AMC’s commitment to continually expand its extensive movie library,” AMC senior veep of programming and scheduling Tom Halleen said.
The deal also includes additional documentaries and behind-the-scenes footage from Paramount.
With the acquisition, AMC harkens back to its American Movie Classics origins, long before “Mad Men” signaled the cabler’s transformation into a beacon of original programming. The question is whether the presentation of these “Godfather” pics will be marked by the era in which AMC was substantially defined by how many cuts and commercials seemed to ruin its presentation of classic cinema, or whether the network can successfully juggle its commercial revenue needs with the desire of viewers to see these films in as seamless fashion as possible. AMC said it had not formalized plans about how it would introduce the “Godfather” films on its network.