‘The Many Saints Of Newark’ Could Be The First Of Several ‘The Sopranos’ Movies
It is a common place to consider The Sopranos one of the best series in history (probably in conjunction with The Wire ), but until 2020, thanks to the pandemic and the surge in streaming consumption , it was not possible to speak purely of a rediscovery of the David Chase series by new generations.
This rediscovery has been fortunate to coincide with the development of a film prequel directed by Alan Taylor and written by Chase himself, which just hit US theaters yesterday and HBO Max. In Spain we will not be able to see The Many Saints of Newark until November 5But in the meantime events have rushed forward and The Hollywood Reporter echoes the possible preparation of more Soprano films .
The creator of ‘The Sopranos’, “enraged” by the premiere of the prequel on HBO Max: “If I found out, I would not have accepted”
It is inevitable to think about it in the wake of a profitable agreement that Chase just signed with HBO’s parent company, WarnerMedia (the same one that will soon merge with Discovery and cause the removal of current CEO, Jason Kilar ). This agreement extends to five years and includes the production of more content for HBO, HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures.
Pairing this scenario with recent comments from both Chase and Taylor (stating that they wouldn’t mind returning to Tony Soprano’s world anytime soon) it seems clear that if The Many Saints of Newarkworks alone would be the beginning of a relaunch for the prestigious HBO saga. Started in 1999, originally expanded to six seasons and concluded with one of the most enigmatic endings in all of television history.
“David Chase is one of the most gifted storytellers working in film and television,” said Casey Bloys , chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max. “HBO has had a long and celebrated creative partnership with David, and this agreement allows us a wonderful opportunity to continue this relationship on HBO and HBO Max.”
Neither Chase nor the HBO leadership have given details of what these projects could be, so for now, fans can only wait to take a look at The Many Saints of Newark . This prequel addresses Tony’s younger years (played by Michael Gandolfini , son of James Gandolfini himselfwho played him in the series) and pays special attention to the character of Dickie Moltisanti ( Alessandro Nivola ), the protagonist’s mentor.