The Sopranos Revived with Feature-Length Prequel Film ‘Many Saints of Newark’
If you counted yourself a fan of The Sopranos between 1999 and 2007, this will come as welcome news. Series creator David Chase has revived the Jersey mob family for the prequel treatment, albeit on the big screen.
According to Deadline, the screenplay, co-written by Chase and Lawrence Konner, carries a working title of The Many Saints of Newark, and takes place during the Newark riots of the 1960s.
Some of the beloved characters from the series will appear in the film. I couldn’t get any more information about the plot, but the time period indicates there will be room for Tony Soprano’s father, Giovanni “Johnny Boy,” the former captain of the Soprano crew (played in flashbacks by Joseph Siravo), and a younger version of his wife Livia (played indelibly in the show’s first season by Nancy Marchand), and Tony’s uncle Junior, played by Chianese.
Chase will serve as producer as well as co-writer, and he will be involved in selecting a director.