Deadline reports that The Sopranos creator David Chase is going back to the world of his Emmy award-winning HBO series with a ’60s set prequel movie, The Many Saints of Newark. The project is set up at Warner Bros’ New Line Cinema.
“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. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich said.
Chase and Lawrence Konner have written the script with Chase on board as a producer and now involved in finding a director for the project.
Deadline reveals that the film is set in the era of the Newark riots in the 1960s and that some of the characters from the film will appear in the movie, but which ones remains to be seen.
The Sopranos originally ran from 1999 to 2007 on HBO and quickly became the gold standard for serialized television. The series won 21 Primetime Emmy Awards across its run and featured a star studded cast that included James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Steven Van Zandt, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Steve Schirripa, Vincent Pastore, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and countless others.