Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Star reveals major details about the upcoming Sopranos prequel movie

Star reveals major details about the upcoming Sopranos prequel movie

In The Sopranos Sessions - a new collection of recaps, conversations, and critical essays covering every episode of the show - TV critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz share an interview with Chase in which he appeared to give more weight to the popular theory that the screen cutting to black was meant to signify Tony's death. Some argue the sudden end (and the stuff leading up to it) means mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) was whacked, while others haven't stopped believin' that Tony is still alive.

Creator David Chase, writer and EP Matthew Weiner and executive producer Ilene Landress were also there. I was just interested in the whole Newark riot thing. "I was interested in exploring that". But Chase clarified that this won't be the same rose-colored Newark from Tony's memory. Chase also added: "The movie will deal with the tensions between the blacks and whites at the time, and Tony Soprano will be part of this, but as a kid". Even after talking to Chase, Seitz and Sepinwall are still arguing about it.

"I was interested in Newark and life in Newark at that time", Chase told Deadline. "I started thinking about those events and organised crime, and I just got interested in mixing those two elements", he said.

Still, Chase said that there will be some feeling that these were 'the good old days, ' at least as far as the mafia's concerned.


The story is often explored through visits to psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi, played by Goodfellas actress Lorraine Bracco. The mafia was very polished at that time, how they dressed and what they did.

Cast members Edie Braco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Vincent Pastore, Michael Imperioli, Annabella Sciorra, John Ventimiglia, Robert Iler, Kathrine Narducci, Vincent Curatola, Tony Sirico, Dominic Chianese Jr., and Steven Van Zandt gathered to mark the occasion with many of them attending a panel discussion to mark the series anniversary.

Granted, the superb HBO drama is very much its own beast that's untouchable, but the head of New Jersey's most beloved criminal empire will be making an appearance in the new prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark. These weren't guys who wore tracksuits, back then. Sopranos mastermind David Chase penned the script for the film, along with Lawrence Konner, and Sopranos series director Alan Taylor is at the helm.

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