The Sopranos creator David Chase is getting his New Jersey gangster groove back on.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chase and longtime Sopranos co-writer Lawrence Konner sold their script, The Many Saints of Newark, to New Line for a feature prequel that is set in the ’60s during the Newark riots. The African-Americans and Italians were front and center in the lethal battle, particularly the gangsters from each side.
“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,” says WB picture group chairman Toby Emmerich.
While the exact details of the plot are still under wraps, apparently some of the hit HBO show’s characters will make an appearance, albeit in younger form. Certainly, Tony’s Uncle Junior is going to be there since he was one of the originals before Tony took over. Also Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri and Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero might show up. Will we get to see Tony’s parents, along with Tony and sis Janice as kids? That would be awesome.
They are also reportedly searching for the right director. Chase may take the reins, but it could land with someone else. Of course, Martin Scorsese comes to mind, but I think he’d pass. The material is too familiar, and he has already been there and done that – and by done that, I mean, done that Gooood. Here’s an interesting list of prospective directors from Indiewire.
Still, it’s hard to think about The Sopranos without having a heavy heart. The late James Gandolfini, who died of a sudden heart attack in 2013, so embodied that show that even seeing the character portrayed as a young boy will make me sad.
One thing is for sure – we’ll probably never get a sequel to The Sopranos. It just wouldn’t be the same without Tony, even if they kill him off in some spectacular fashion. So for now, we’re still going to be left hanging at the diner with the fam.