According to a report from Deadline, New Line has purchased the screenplay for a potential The Sopranos prequel entitled The Many Saints of Newark, which is set in the 1960’s and focuses largely on riots and battles that took place between the African-American and Italian-American communities in that era.
In a statement, Toby Emmerich, the chairman at Warner Bros. Pictures Group (who owns New Line), had the following to say:
“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.”
Obviously, this project is set so far in the past that you may not see too many characters from the iconic TV series — if you do, they will be played by much younger actors. This is a way to expand upon the stories told in the movies, though if we’re being honest (why wouldn’t we be?) it feels so much more prudent to have told some of these stories via the small screen. We prefer products that start off as TV series end as TV series; that’s just our own personal inclination for how we’d prefer to see things pan out.
Once there is more information, we’ll be sure to let you know.
Do we like the idea of a Sopranos prequel movie overall?
Absolutely, mostly because it offers up an opportunity to see the series do something that is a little bit different and exciting. Sure, we’d prefer it to be in television form … but still, we’re not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.
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