Although the final episode of The Sopranos aired over a decade ago, there have long been rumours that we may one day see a continuation of the story in movie form. Series creator David Chase has been laying pretty low since his 2012 film Not Fade Away and after the passing of James Gandolfini in 2013, the prospects of such a project seemed to be a lot less likely. This week, however, we are hearing that David Chase has found a surprising way to return to the show from a different angle. He has co-written a script for a prequel called The Many Saints of Newark and it is now being developed as a feature film. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
According to Deadline, New Line Cinema has purchased the script for The Many Saints of Newark from David Chase and Lawrence Konner. Konner previously wrote a few episodes of The Sopranos in addition to screenplays for movies like The Jewel of the Nile, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and the 2001 Planet of the Apes remake. The story is set in Newark in the 1960s during a period of racial tension that would eventually lead to the Newark riots; violence was particularly pronounced between Italian-American and African-American gangsters.
The movie will act as a loose prequel to The Sopranos TV series with some characters from the show expected to make appearances. It is believed that this might include Tony Soprano’s father, his Uncle Junior and their whole crew, but it seems unlikely that any actors from the show would return. The plan is not for Chase to direct himself but he will produce and also have a hand in selecting the director. Are you looking forward to The Many Saints of Newark?