The long-awaited Paramount+ series focused on the filming of The Godfather was expected to film at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles from August 25 through 27. However, amidst a boycott campaign on the hotel management’s treatment of its workers called Unite Here Local 11, filming will not take place at this location, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The union effort began prior to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but after the hotel laid off over 200 workers without affordable healthcare during the pandemic, it was exacerbated. The union organizers have also made claims of racial discrimination and sexual harassment, which the hotel management has since denied.
Similar to The Offer, an Amazon Studios biopic entitled Being the Ricardos was canceled last-minute “in solidarity with the Chateau Marmount’s workforce,” according to producer Todd Black (Antwone Fisher). Union co-president Kurt Petersen (The 5th Wave) thanked Paramount+ in a statement, “We applaud Paramount Plus’s decision to honor the boycott of the Chateau Marmont. We thank all the Hollywood unions – SAG AFTRA, IATSE, Teamsters, WGA, and DGA – for supporting these courageous workers who have spoken out for their dignity and respect,” via The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, following a comment by Paramount+ stating the filming of The Offer would take place elsewhere, a Chateau Marmont spokesperson said, “As usual, the Chateau Marmont doesn’t comment on the personal or business affairs of its clients. If, however, this production turns out to have been moved as a result of Unite Here Local 11’s interference, it would be yet another example of the union’s harassment of a non-union hotel and damaging the livelihood of hospitality workers who currently enjoy employment at the Chateau with wages and benefits greater than prevailing union standards,” via The Hollywood Reporter.
The limited series is expected to follow Oscar-winning producer, Albert S. Ruddy (The Longest Yard), played by Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) throughout his never-before-revealed experiences when making the iconic film, The Godfather. The series will also star Matthew Goode (Leap Year), Juno Temple (Ted Lasso), and Giovanni Ribisi (Ted). The ten-episode limited series will premiere on Paramount+ in 2022.