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Old 03-08-2018, 12:57 PM   #1
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Movie James Gandolfini's Son, Michael, Cast as Young Tony in "The Many Saints of Newark"

David Chase Revives "The Sopranos" with New Line Prequel Movie The Many Saints of Newark
by Mike Fleming Jr
March 8, 2018



David Chase is finally ready to return to the New Jersey turf of his iconic creation "The Sopranos". New Line has purchased the screenplay The Many Saints of Newark, the working title for a feature prequel of "The Sopranos" that is set in the era of the Newark riots in the 60s.

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.




The script was written by Chase and Lawrence Konner. This is a real coup for Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich.

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,” Emmerich said.




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 Dominic Chianese.

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"The Sopranos" Prequel Movie Taps Director Alan Taylor
by Dave McNary
July 3, 2018



New Line is moving ahead with its movie prequel to "The Sopranos", hiring Alan Taylor to direct The Many Saints of Newark.

New Line set up the feature film in March when it bought the script from "The Sopranos" creator David Chase. The film is set in the 1960s in Newark, New Jersey, amid conflicts between African-American and Italian residents. Over four days of rioting in July, 1967, 26 people died and hundreds were injured in Newark.




"The Sopranos" was set in contemporary New Jersey, ran for six seasons on HBO between 1999 and 2007. The acclaimed series nabbed 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for Taylor for directing.

Lawrence Konner, who worked on "The Sopranos" with Chase, is a co-writer for the project. Chase will also produce the film. Chase Films’ Nicole Lambert will serve as executive producer.




The Many Saints of Newark is expected to feature younger versions of some of the characters from "The Sopranos".

Taylor directed nine of the 86 episodes of "The Sopranos".

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"The Sopranos" Prequel Film Taps Alessandro Nivola for Lead Role
by Etan Vlessing
Nov. 20, 2018



Actor Alessandro Nivola (Face/Off, American Hustle) is in talks to play Dickey Moltisanti in "The Sopranos" prequel movie for New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.

Alan Taylor is set to direct The Many Saints of Newark, which returns David Chase to the world of "The Sopranos" for the feature prequel, which he co-wrote with Lawrence Konner.




Nivola, who also stars in Sebastian Lelio's Disobedience opposite Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, will play Moltisanti, a charismatic but violent made man who falls in love with his own father’s much younger bride, a recent immigrant from Italy.

Childless himself, Moltisanti meanwhile does his best to mentor a teenage Tony Soprano, the son of a family friend who’s serving a multi-year sentence in prison. The story for the prequel is set in the era of the Newark riots in the 1960s, when African-Americans and Italians in New Jersey were at each other's throats and, among the gangsters of each group, it became lethal.




Other fan-favorite "Sopranos" characters besides Moltisanti (who was never seen during the series, but whose son Christopher was a central character) will be seen in the film.

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"The Sopranos" Creator David Chase Offers Glimpses of Prequel Movie as Groundbreaking HBO Series Turns 20
by Mike Fleming Jr
January 7, 2019



It’s official. Tony Soprano lives on! In the week that "The Sopranos" celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the groundbreaking HBO series, David Chase has given Deadline a bit of clarity on the prequel feature film The Many Saints of Newark that he wrote with "Sopranos" alum Lawrence Konner.

Chase confirms that a young Tony Soprano will be part of the tapestry of the period film.




The film will be made by New Line and Warner Bros. As was the case with the show, Chase is clearly the guiding creative influence. That included setting director Alan Taylor, who helmed nine episodes of the show, and Alessandro Nivola to play Dickie Moltisanti. He was the father of Tony Soprano’s future protégé Christopher and a mob soldier who died in the ’70s at the hands of a crooked cop whom Christopher (Michael Imperioli) would later murder on the day of his retirement from the police force.

That character will provide an entry point into a look at the mob’s origins in the turbulence of racial tensions between African Americans and Italian Americans in Newark, New Jersey at that time.









Chase spoke to Deadline as part of an oral history on the series that will run Wednesday. Chase and many of the cast will gather for The Sopranos Film Festival, which kicks off Wednesday with five days of live events and airings of classic episodes at the IFC Center, presented by the Split Screens festival.

I was interested in Newark and life in Newark at that time,” Chase told Deadline. “I used to go to down there every Saturday night for dinner with my grandparents. But the thing that interested me most was Tony’s boyhood. I was interested in exploring that.




It harkens back to "The Sopranos" early episodes, when Soprano had his first sessions with psychiatrist Janice Melfi and lamented how organized crime had changed for the worse, and that he’d missed the good all days. It wasn’t all great, though.

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,” Chase said.









Chase could have at any time done a sequel film, but for many years was content for the legacy of the series to speak for it. The sequel became impossible when its iconic star James Gandolfini died in 2013.

The prequel seemed a new way to further explore the subculture and the origins of Ganfolfini’s iconic mobster, raised by tough guy father and mob soldier Johnny Soprano and Livia, his moody and nagging mother personified in later years by the late Nancy Marchand. The combination of those parents led to Soprano’s panic attacks that became a continuing narrative in the series and humanized Soprano.




I was against the movie for a long time and I’m still very worried about it, but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place,” he said.

I was living in suburban New Jersey at the time that happened, and my girlfriend was working in downtown Newark. I was just interested in the whole Newark riot thing. I started thinking about those events and organized crime, and I just got interested in mixing those two elements.




Chase acknowledged there was also the opportunity to explore the period that Tony Soprano glorified in the show’s early episodes.

It is going to depict when it was good,” he said. “The mafia was very polished at that time, how they dressed and what they did,” he said.

Those traditions were followed more loosely in the series. These weren’t guys who wore tracksuits, back then.




Chase understands that the movie will be running up against the memory of the original series.

Yeah, I feel they’re out there with shotguns, just waiting,” he said.

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Vera Farmiga and Jon Bernthal Join New Line’s "The Sopranos" Prequel
by Anthony D'Alessandro
January 14, 2019



Vera Farmiga and Jon Bernthal are in final negotiations for New Line’s The Many Saints of Newark, joining Alessandro Nivola in the ensemble drama.

Farmiga and Bernthal’s characters aren’t being disclosed. Some of the beloved characters from the Emmy-winning HBO series are expected to also appear in the film.

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"The Sopranos" Prequel Adds Corey Stoll and Billy Magnussen
by Anthony D'Alessandro
January 15, 2019



Count Corey Stoll and Billy Magnussen in for New Line’s "The Sopranos" prequel The Many Saints of Newark.

The roles are not being disclosed.

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"The Sopranos" Prequel Film Finds Young Tony: Michael Gandolfini
by Mike Fleming Jr
January 22, 2019



"The Sopranos" creator David Chase has found his Tony Soprano.

Michael Gandolfini has been set to play the future New Jersey organized crime family boss in The Many Saints of Newark, the feature prequel to Chase’s groundbreaking TV series "The Sopranos" that Alan Taylor is directing for New Line.



He is the son of James Gandolfini, who originated the iconic role of Tony Soprano.

The late actor’s son has been gaining experience and had a breakout turn on the HBO drama series "The Deuce".

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I guess someone or a few guys went to David Chase and told him that he was going to do a prequel. When Chase declines, they grab him, throw him in a trunk and drive him to the Pine Barrens and offers him a shovel.

There is now a prequel.
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I guess someone or a few guys went to David Chase and told him that he was going to do a prequel. When Chase declines, they grab him, throw him in a trunk and drive him to the Pine Barrens and offers him a shovel.

There is now a prequel.
A "Sopranos" movie was talked about for years after the series ended, but they obviously couldn't do a sequel after Gandolfini's death so I guess they went w/ this prequel storyline instead.
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