“The Sopranos” Prequel Given Green Light

By Staff  |  03/12/2018

The Sopranos

If you haven't heard, The Sopranos are finally coming to the big screen... in the form of a prequel to the hit HBO series.

According to Deadline, the long-rumored film called The Many Saints of Newark has been given the green light by New Line Cinema.

Based on a screenplay by Sopranos and collaborator Lawrence Konner, the upcoming film will be set in 1960s Newark, around the time of the Newark riots.

Talk of the big screen film based around The Sopranos has been circulating since 2007, when the series cut to black in 2007.

Star James Gandolfini, who played the lead character Tony Soprano, died in 2013. Still, reports says some Sopranos regulars will appear in the film.

In a 2014 interview with the AP, Chase discussed the prequel.

"Even if I did it, it wouldn't be 'The Sopranos' that was on the air -- obviously at least one person is gone that we would need," he said, referring to Gandolfini. "There are a couple of eras that would be interesting for me to talk about, about Newark, New Jersey. One would be (the) late '60s, early '70s, about all the racial animosity, or the beginning, the really true beginning of the flood of drugs."