‘The Sopranos’ prequel movie is happening
Throughout its run from 1999 to 2007, The Sopranos earned 21 Emmy Awards. Its been called one of the best TV series of all-time for its acting, writing, and directing.
Now a movie is in the works.
At a recent reunion of cast and crew (missing lead actor James Gandolfini who died in 2013), show creator David Chase shared some juicy info about the Soprano’s prequel. A young Tony is going to play an important role.
The Many Saints of Newark will be set during the race riots that broke out in Newark, New Jersey, in the late 1960s. It will likely focus on Tony’s dad, Johnny Boy, and his uncle Junior Soprano’s heyday.
“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 told Deadline.
The 1999 episode “Down Neck,” from the first season, featured a few flashbacks from the 1967 Newark riots, following Tony as a young boy.
The prequel is also said to focus on Dickie Moltisani, a character who is the father of Christopher Moltisani (Michael Imperioli), who in the series is the protege of Tony Soprano. Christopher’s father was mentioned but never seen in flashbacks.