A new The Sopranos’ prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, will help fill in the gaps about certain narrative details from the TV show, with new character details surfacing. It’s been 11 years since HBO aired the polarizing final episode, leaving viewers wondering about the fate of the central family while sparking discussions about the series' legacy.
Last March, it was reported that David Chase - The Sopranos’ creator and frequent HBO collaborator - was officially moving forward with The Many Saints of Newark, and that original characters from his iconic mafia series would be featured. Starring the late James Gandolfini as an Italian-American mobster, The Sopranos premiered on January 10, 1999 and remained a staple of primetime television until the 86th and final episode, “Made in America” aired in June 2007. During its six-season run, The Sopranos' characters changed drastically, just as technological advancements changed societal routines for viewers. In many ways, Chase's iconic series marked the beginning of “prestige television,” as each episode symbolized a Sunday night event for HBO, years before a series like Game of Thrones would take a more ambitious approach.
Today, That Hashtag Show reported new details about The Sopranos’ prequel movie, The Many Saints of Newark, most notably the narrative sketches of five purported characters. According to the story, a “Young Tony” will be part of the storyline, set amongst the city riots of the late 60s. In addition, Dickie Moltisanti will be featured, suggesting that Christopher Moltisanti (originally portrayed in The Sopranos by Michael Imperioli) may also be part of the film. While That Hashtag Show reveals little information about how this information was acquired, the article notes that “Aldo Moltisanti” will presumably be a new character: the grandfather of Tony Soprano, described as an “elegant wiseguy.”
Alan Taylor - who directed nine episode of The Sopranos, including six during the final season - has signed on to oversee The Many Saints of Newark. While he’s certainly an experienced theatrical filmmaker (Thor: The Dark World, Terminator Genisys), he’s mostly known as the visionary behind various Game of Thrones’ episodes such as “Fire and Blood” and “Valar Morghulis,” amongst many others during season 1 and season 2. After stepping away, Taylor returned to direct the season 7 episode “Beyond the Wall.” Given the filmmakers’ HBO resume and collaborative history with Chase, viewers can expect a specific aesthetic when imagining The Many Saints of Newark’s look and feel.
With the narrative pieces coming together for The Many Saints of Newark, it will be interesting to see who Chase enlists for the lead character role, and whether he chooses an established star or a character actor with a proven track record.
Source: That Hashtag Show