THE SOPRANOS PREQUEL COMING TO THE BIG SCREEN

Even though it took its bow on the small screen in 2007, HBO's beloved drama series The Sopranos, which followed the trials and tribulations of mob boss Tony Soprano (memorably played by the late, great James Gandolfini), still has plenty of fans to this day. Which makes the fact that we haven't gotten a spin-off series or movie related to the show all that more surprising. Until now.

It was reported in March that New Line Cinema bought a script from series creator David Chase, The Many Saints of Newark, which is said to follow the early beginnings of The Soprano family. Set in the 1960's, the movie uses the Newark riots, which saw the African-American and Italian residents of Newark, New Jersey clash over four days of fighting which saw 26 die and hundreds more injured, as a back drop and is expected to feature younger versions of characters from the show. While it has yet to be revealed who will appear, I wouldn't be surprised if we see Tony's father and mother, Johnny and Livia, and Uncle Junior.

Director Alan Taylor, who directed 8 of The Sopranos' 86 episodes, as well as episodes of Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, and feature films Thor: The Drak World and Terminator: Genisys, has been brought on to helm the prequel.

No rlease date for The Many Saints of Newark has been given as of yet.

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