The Sopranos are returning, but it isn’t quite the way you expect. No, you won’t be receiving a continuation of the divisive series finale that faded to black with Tony dining with his family, instead, we’ll be going back in time.
According to an exclusive report from Deadline, Sopranos creator David Chase has sold a script to New Line entitled The Many Saints of Newark. While the title may not make you think immediately of HBO’s infamous 1999 to 2007 series, the storyline will apparently be set in the era of the 1960’s Newark riots. During this time the African-American and Italians in the city were at war with one another and confrontations often turned deadly.
Due to the time period the story is set in there are a couple of possibilities of characters from the original series appearing. Tony’s father, “Johnny Boy” should be active with, if not the outright captain of, the Soprano crew, and his wife Livia would be present. Tony could also appear as a child along with his sister. Tony’s Uncle Junior would also definitely be present.
“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,” said Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich.
A prequel was one of the first things discussed after the award-winning series ended 11 years ago. It was always suspected it would be another TV project, so the announcement it will be a film is a bit of a surprise.
Chase will serve as producer and co-writer on the project and will also have a say in the choice of director.