Earlier this month Breaking Bad fans were surprised to learn that a sequel movie to the series was in the works, continuing the story from TV to the big screen. Now fans of The Sopranos, (arguably the greatest TV series of all time), are pouring over the details of what the prequel movie of the series will be about and who will feature.
The Many Saints of Newark will be set in the late 60’s and the Newark Riots of that time will serve as a backdrop to the story. A spree of civil unrest sparked by the brutal police beating of a young black man. It’s understood the prequel will explore the deadly and violent tensions that existed between the black and Italian communities living in Newark at that time.
Regarding casting confirmation only one actor has been officially named: Alessandro Nivola, (The Neon Demon, American Hustle). He will play Christopher Moltisanti’s late father, Richard “Dickie” Moltisanti. A character heavily referenced in the original series and described as a Vietnam veteran with a raging addiction to alcohol and drugs, a man who was never actually seen in the series but was once described by Tony Soprano himself as a ‘stand up guy’.
If these plot details are starting to make you nervous and doubtful then rest easy as The Many Saints of Newark will be in good hands. The script is co-written by series creator David Chase and will be directed by Alan Taylor, who helmed nine episodes of The Sopranos and more recently directed the Man Men pilot and the memorable ‘Beyond The Wall’ episode for Game Of Thrones.
The Many Saints of Newark is slated for release in 2020.