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‘The Sopranos’ Set To Return With Creator David Chase’s Prequel Movie


It’s been over a decade since The Sopranos ended, and the all-time great series is reportedly going to return in the form of a movie.

 

According to Deadline, creator David Chase has written a prequel film with the working title The Many Saints of Newark, which will take place in the 1960s during the Newark riots. Here’s what Deadline said about the film:

 

EXCLUSIVE: David Chase is finally ready to return to the New Jersey turf of his iconic creation The Sopranos. New Line has purchased the screenplay The Many Saints of Newark, the working title for a feature prequel of The Sopranos that is set in the era of the Newark riots in the 60s. That was a time when the African-Americans and the Italians of Newark were at each other’s throats, and amongst the gangsters of each group, those conflicts became especially lethal.

 

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Some of the beloved characters from the series will appear in the film. I couldn’t get any more information about the plot, but the time period indicates there will be room for Tony Soprano’s father, Giovanni “Johnny Boy,” the former captain of the Soprano crew (played in flashbacks by Joseph Siravo), and a younger version of his wife Livia (played indelibly in the show’s first season by Nancy Marchand), and Tony’s uncle Junior, played by Chianese.

 

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“David is a masterful storyteller and we, along with our colleagues at HBO, are thrilled that he has decided to revisit, and enlarge, the Soprano universe in a feature film,” Emmerich said.

 

During The Sopranos, we received some insight into Tony’s father via flashbacks and stories, and we’ll soon get a lot more of his story in the prequel.

 

Deadline reports that Chase will be a producer for the film and will select the director. He and television writer Lawrence Konner, who wrote for both of HBO’s The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, co-wrote The Many Saints of Newark.

 

While Tony Soprano obviously won’t be in the movie, it will still be awesome to see his father Johnny, uncle Junior, and mother Livia all hit the big screen. Fans of The Sopranos are sure to flock theatres whenever the film is released.

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