Big-screen ‘Sopranos’ prequel, co-written by David Chase, is in the works


A “Sopranos” movie prequel is in the works.

“The Sopranos” — on many TV critics’ short list of the greatest series of all time — may be getting a big-screen prequel, as a script with the working title of “The Many Saints of Newark” has been bought by New Line, reports.

The script was co-written by “Sopranos” creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner, who has written “Sopranos” episodes and whose other writing and producting credits range from “Little House on the Prairie” to “Boardwalk Empire.”

According to Deadline, the script is set in Newark around the time of the 1967 riots, and so will likely center around Tony Soprano’s parents and uncle, who were all characters in the TV series. Tony Soprano was born in 1959, according to, and so could be in the movie as a boy. His sisters Janice and Barbara could possibly be seen as youngsters, too.

According to Deadline, Chase will produce as well as co-writing, but the director has not been determined yet.

“David is a masterful storyteller and we, along with our colleagues at HBO, are thrilled that he has decided to revisit, and enlarge, the Soprano universe in a feature film,” Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich told Deadline (New Line is part of Warner Bros.).

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