The hit HBO series — which is widely regarded the best TV series ever made — is getting some more screen time with a prequel film with the working title The Many Saints of Newark, according to Deadline.
David Chase has spoken about the movie this week;
“I was interested in Newark and life in Newark at that time. I used to go down there every Saturday night for dinner with my grandparents. But the thing that interested me most was Tony’s boyhood. I was interested in exploring that. 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.
I was against [the movie] for a long time and I’m still very worried about it, but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place. I was living in suburban New Jersey at the time that happened, and my girlfriend was working in downtown Newark. I was just interested in the whole Newark riot thing. I started thinking about those events and organized crime, and I just got interested in mixing those two elements.”
The film is set during the 1960s riots in Newark, N.J., between the African-American and Italian communities, Deadline reported. Some of the characters from the original series would also return, likely younger versions of Tony’s parents, who were portrayed by Joseph Siravo and Nancy Marchand.
It won’t be the first time this era shows up, the actual series offers flashbacks. The question is, will we get to see Uncle Junior (possibly me favorite TV personality of all time) or perhaps Feech La Manna? Those fellas were old in the show, but they had quite the colorful pasts…