The Sopranos Prequel Gets a Director

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After years of rumours and speculation, it appears that The Sopranos are finally coming to the big screen, admittedly not in the form some might have expected. We heard last year that series creator David Chase had co-written a script for a loose prequel that would take place in Newark, NJ in the 1960s. At the time it was being reported that Chase would not direct the movie himself and now this week the project has indeed landed a separate director, although it is someone who also has a history with The Sopranos. Hit the jump for more details.

According to The Wrap, Alan Taylor has closed a deal to direct The Many Saints of Newark for New Line. Taylor directed nine episodes of The Sopranos throughout its 6 season run, including the episode “Kennedy and Heidi” for which he won an Emmy. He has also directed several episodes of Game of Thrones and recently transitioned to features with Thor: The Dark World and Terminator Genisys.

David Chase will remain involved as a producer on the project, which is expected to feature several characters from the show including Tony Soprano’s father and his Uncle Junior. That being said, it is unlikely that any actors from the series will be involved and it is unclear how closely the movie will be tied to the show. Perhaps Taylor’s involvement indicates some desire for continuity in terms of look and feel. Do you think a Sopranos prequel is a good idea?

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  • devolutionary

    Sopranos: Day of the Salvatore?

  • Dirk Gently

    This is really scraping the bottom of the barrel. A show that lacked for even one likeable character, filled with horrible, vile people? Yeah, that’s the right property to resurrect.

  • blah

    i’m not sure about a movie prequel, but..

    won 21 Primetime Emmy Awards in 111 nominations
    won five Golden Globe Awards in 23 nominations
    two Peabody Awards in 2000 and 2018

  • Indianamcclain

    Dr. Melfi was a likeable character.

  • Lisa Naarseth Myklebust

    It’s the best show ever made acoording to many, including myself (undisputed to be at least one of them), and started the Golden Age of TV and giving HBO the reputation it has today. The series has had enormous influence on shows that had come after it, in so many ways. So yeah, it IS the right property to ressurect. David Chase himself made a script for the prequel willing8; he wasn’t pushed to it.

    And since when was Sopranos ever about likeable characters. It’s the show that made antisocial personality disorder characters a thing in TV; which you now see in almost every big TV Show. Sopranos also did it the most right, by alwayd reminding us of the violent and criminal nature of our characters.