The ‘Sopranos’ Prequel Movie Will Feature a Young Tony Soprano

Angelo Anderson
January 11, 2019

We received few details at the time besides a title - The Many Saints of Newark - and learning that the movie would be set in the 1960s with a focus on the race riots between African Americans and Italians in New Jersey. "But we didn't do that", Chase said. "That makes no sense, but that's how I see it now". His character is the father of Christopher Moltisani (Michael Imperioli), who in the series is the protege of Tony Soprano, the Jersey mob boss portrayed by James Gandolfini. Variety previously reported that Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor would helm the prequel, from a script that Chase wrote with Lawrence Konner, and that Chase is producing the picture.

In an interview with Deadline, Chase confirmed the news and said: "The thing that interested me most was Tony's boyhood".

This being said, Chase also elaborated that the film will harken back to a more "professional" era of the Mafia.

A young Junior Soprano will also be a character in the film. "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", said Chase.

Sepinwall: When you said there was an end point, you don't mean Tony at Holsten's, you just meant, "I think I have two more years' worth of stories left in me". On the surface, it seems like Chase reveals that he considers The Sopranos' final scene to be "a death scene", which would indicate that - as many people have theorized - Tony caught a bullet after that famous cut to black.

Several members of the living cast assembled to celebrate the show's big anniversary this week, so let's take a look at what they and others from the series have been up to after starring in The Sopranos.

"Yeah, I feel they're out there with shotguns, just waiting."
However, when audiences were introduced to Soprano and his gang of mobsters, it was one of the first times that a leading TV character was not a "good guy". As great as the supporting cast, and the writing, and the directing were on the series, Gandolfini's iconic performance is what really made the show special.

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