Hold onto your cannoilis because ‘The Sopranos’ are returning for a big screen treatment in a prequel from creator David Chase…
After more than a decade away from television, ‘The Sopranos’ will return as a movie from creator David Chase.
According to multiple reports, Chase is penning a script that will serve as a prequel to the hugely popular HBO series that won dozens of Emmy awards over its six season run.
The working title for the script is ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ with the story taking place during the unrest in Newark, New Jersey during the 1960’s when Italian-Americans and African-Americans were at odds and things eventually got bloody.
Chase wrote the scripts alongside Lawrence Konner, who was also a writer on ‘The Sopranos’. Chase will also have a hand in selecting a director to work on the project.
“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,” Warner Bros. chairman Toby Emmerich said to Deadline.
At this time there’s no word on which characters from the original series may appear in ‘The Sopranos’ prequel but the most likely candidates include Tony’s father Giovanni “Johnny Boy” Soprano, who was a captain over his crew, as well as his Uncle Junior Soprano. Throughout the course of the six season run of ‘The Sopranos’, the series would often show flashbacks to those days with Tony’s father and uncle working as part of the New Jersey mafia.
Now ‘The Sopranos’ will be reborn with this prequel movie already in the works at New Line.