New Line Cinema has officially purchased a screenplay from Sopranos creator David Chase and screenwriter Lawrence Konner for a movie prequel to the award-winning HBO drama. The working titled The Many Saints of Newark, will show how Tony rose to the top of the mob family while also focusing on the Newark riot that took place during the Long Hot Summer of 1967.
“That was a time when the African-Americans and the Italians of Newark were at each other’s throats, and amongst the gangsters of each group, those conflicts became especially lethal,” Deadline magazine reports.
But with James Gandolfini and his TV mother Nancy Marchand now having passed away it seems that the movie would have to feature an all new younger cast. Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich says, “David is a masterful storyteller…. we, along with our colleagues at HBO, are thrilled that he has decided to revisit, and enlarge, the Soprano universe in a feature film.”
I for one am pretty skeptical. I’d rather know what happen at the diner during the final episode. But I guess the movie adaptation thing worked for Sex in the City.