News & Opinion | March 8, 2018 3:49 pm

David Chase Revives ‘The Sopranos’ With New Line Prequel Movie

"The Many Saints of Newark" is the current working title.

The Sopranos Prequel Series on HBO
"The Sopranos" (Imdb)

David Chase is finally ready to return to The Sopranos. New Line has purchased the screenplay The Many Saints of Newark, the working title for a feature prequel of The Sopranos that is set in the era of the Newark riots in the 60s, reports Deadline. At this time in the country, African Americans and Italians in Newark were “at each other’s throats” and many of those conflicts became lethal. The script for the prequel was written by Chase and Lawrence Konner, the screen and television writers whose credits include The Sopranos. This will be welcome news to those who believe that the HBO series is the greatest thing Chase did. The groundbreaking show ran from 1999-2007 and had six total seasons. It established the market for DVD sales of popular seasons, put HBO on the map, and won 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, and Peabody Awards for its first two seasons. Many famous stars worked on the show, including the late James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Steven Van Zandt, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, and Steve Schirripa. Some of the most beloved characters will be returning for the prequel, according to Deadline. Chase will be a producer as well as co-writer and he will be involved in selecting the director.