'The Sopranos' Movie Prequel in the Works From David Chase

A film prequel to

David Chase, the creator and head writer for the HBO hit show, penned a movie script alongside Lawrence Konner with the working title "The Many Saints of Newark".

New Line is developing a movie prequel, now titled "The Many Saints of Newark", penned by David Chase. "I could conceive of maybe a prequel of The Sopranos", he told Entertainment Weekly previous year. Deadline reports New Line has purchased the screenplay for The Many Saints of Newark - a Sopranos prequel set during the Newark riots of the '60s.

That was a time when the African-Americans and the Italians of Newark were at each other's throats, and amongst the gangsters of each group, those conflicts became especially lethal.

'The Sopranos' Movie Prequel in the Works From David Chase
'The Sopranos' Movie Prequel in the Works From David Chase

The show was credited with ushering in TV's new golden age of complicated characters and challenging storylines, as well as turning HBO into an industry behemoth.

The series also starred Edie Falco, Steven Van Zandt, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa. Chase will produce and co-write, but won't direct, though he will help select who does. Toby Emmerich, chairman of the Warner Bros. Due to the time frame, it seems to be an examination of the generation before Tony Soprano, with Deadline surmising that Tony's Dad, the cuck Giovanni "Johnny Boy" Soprano, the Freud baiting Livia Soprano, and everyone's favourite cranky favourite uncle, Junior, will feature. Chase Films's Nicole Lambert will be executive producer.

Chase's last feature film was the 2012 drama "Not Fade Away", starring Gandolfini.

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