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?