The Sopranos is making a shock comeback as part of a prequel movie focusing on the exploits of Tony’s father and Uncle Junior back in the 1960s.
Series creator David Chase is behind the project, which has been tentatively titled The Many Saints Of Newark and will showcase the rise of the Soprano crew, set against the backdrop of the Newark riots.
Deadline is reporting that New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros., has purchased the script for the film with Chase set to serve as producer and co-writer on the project.
More importantly, several familiar characters from The Sopranos look set to return in a film set against the gritty and often bloody street battles that raged in Newark between Italians and African Americans at the time.
According to Deadline: “the time period indicates there will be room for Tony Soprano’s father, Giovanni ‘Johnny Boy,’ the former captain of the Soprano crew … and a younger version of his wife Livia … and Tony’s uncle Junior”.
Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich has expressed his delight at securing the deal:
“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.”
There has been talk of a return to The Sopranos universe for several years now, though the sudden shock death of main star James Gandolfini appeared to have put paid to that idea.
However, it would appear Chase has found a way to return to the world’s most famous crime family and loaded can’t wait to see the results.
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