Is there an Oscar in “The Sopranos”’ future? New Line has purchased “The Many Saints of Newark,” “Sopranos” creator David Chase’s prequel film to his seminal series, Deadline reports.
Set in 1960s Newark, N.J., “The Many Saints of Newark,” which is its working title, will revolve around the deadly riots between the city’s African-Americans and Italian-Americans residents. Though no characters have been confirmed, Deadline reports some familiar faces from the HBO series will be in the film, most likely young versions of Tony Soprano’s father Giovanni “Johnny Boy,” mother Livia and uncle Junior. Joseph Siravo played Johnny Boy in flashbacks on the series, while Nancy Marchand and Dominic Chianese played Livia and Junior, respectively.
Chase, who co-wrote the script with fellow “Sopranos” writer Lawrence Konner, will also serve as a producer.
“The Sopranos” won 21 Emmy Awards during its six-season run, including two for Best Drama Series and three each for stars Edie Falco and the late James Gandolfini. It was the first cable series to take the drama series prize at the Emmys, and also won five Golden Globes and two Peabody Awards.
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