‘The Sopranos’ Returns

Don’t stop believing: prequel movie in the works.

by Benjamín Harguindey

In a world where Twin Peaks comes back 25 years after getting cancelled everything is possible, including the return of another television series hallmark such as The Sopranos, which also toted its own infamous puzzler of an ending.

Series creator David Chase has written a screenplay for a Sopranos revival in the form a prequel movie tentatively called “The Many Saints of Newark”. The movie would take place in the 1960s during the New Jersey riots and would see the return of many characters from the series. Whether this means the return of “flashback characters” such as Johnny Boy or that it will feature younger incarnations of regular characters it’s not known.

Little else is known about the project. The premise shares some contextual similarities with Chase’s directorial debut Not Fade Away (2012), also set in 1960s New Jersey and starring Sopranos lead James Gandolfini, but whereas that was a coming-of-age drama “The Many Saints of Newark” would mark the return of Chase to the criminal underworld of Jersey. A reprisal of the hit HBO show has been rumored ever since it concluded its 9-year, 21-Emmy run in 2007, but given Gandolfini’s passing in 2013 the rumors have consistently erred on the side of a prequel.

Some clues about the movie’s plot might lie in the fact that Chase has written the script together with Lawrence Konner, the Sopranos writer who penned the scripts for episodes six and thirteen (the finale) of season three and wrote the teleplay for episode eight of season four. What about those episodes made Chase single Konner out as his co-writer? Apparently Chase – who directed both the pilot and series finale of The Sopranos – would not be directing himself, and is currently looking for a director for the project.

BenjaBenjamín Harguindey / Managing Editor, Writer (Mar del Plata, Argentina – 1989) Screenwriter graduated from Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires. Benja’s worked for EscribiendoCine as a film critic since 2010, covering the Biarritz, San Sebastián and Venice festivals. He judged the CILECT Prize and won several writing & criticism contests. He’s published one novel, Noches de Tartaria (2006).

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