The Sopranos is justly rated as among the best TV dramas ever produced – and it has a die-hard fan base who insist it’s pretty much the greatest thing ever made.
And in its original run from 1999 to 2007, it won a bucket-load of awards including 21 Emmys and five Golden Globes.
But when, earlier this year, it was announced that the series would be revived for a one-off prequel film called The Many Saints Of Newark, reaction from fans was mixed. While some were pumped about returning to the gritty streets of New Jersey, others just wondered why it was needed. Why does everything good have to be endlessly squeezed for every last drop of content? *Cough* Marvel *Cough*
Well, now have some more crucial details about the upcoming project. Director Alan Taylor has been confirmed as the man in charge, according to The Wrap.
Taylor, who has directing credits on Mad Men, Game of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World, won the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for The Sopranos’ sixth season episode “Kennedy and Heidi,” and directed four other episodes of the series.
Meanwhile, the script will be written by Sopranos creator David Chase. Lawrence Konner, who worked on The Sopranos with Chase, is also listed as co-writer for the project.
The HBO film will be set during the 1960s riots in Newark, New Jersey.
According to Deadline: “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.
“Some of the beloved characters from the series will appear in the film… the time period indicates there will be room for Tony Soprano’s father, Giovanni ‘Johnny Boy,’ the former captain of the Soprano crew (played in flashbacks by Joseph Siravo), and a younger version of his wife Livia (played indelibly in the show’s first season by Nancy Marchand), and Tony’s uncle Junior, played by Chianese.”
Of course, James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano), who died in 2013 in Rome, Italy, of a heart attack, will be sadly missing from the upcoming project. But we’ll see if they can still keep that Sopranos magic. Here’s hoping.