We have not yet seen the much awaited Sopranos prequel The many Saints in Newark, but it seems that if all goes according to plan, there is a very good chance that another deep dive into Tony Soprano’s younger years will follow very soon afterwards. As we’ve seen with Dave Bautista and Jason Momoa’s buddy police movie going from speculative Twitter teasing to a development project, things can move fast in the film industry if the right combination of events comes together at just the right time. The sopranos creator David Chase only mentioned in a Deadline interview earlier today that he would definitely consider making more films about the gangster’s formative years, but only if series writer Terence Winter was on board. A few hours later, Deadline had contacted Winter for a comment, and that comment was “The idea of making another and doing it with David, I would be in a heartbeat. Absolutely.”
While this is something for fans to get a little excited about, we need to slow down our enthusiasm a bit as there is so far no way of knowing how goodThe many Saints in Newark lands, and if the results are profitable enough for Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema will take a hit on more of the same. But from what we’ve seen so far, there have only been a rare number of cases where a hit is as guaranteed as this film is to do what it takes to get a sequel turned green.
The sopranos original cast takes a step away from the franchise to make room for a younger cast, which includes Michael Gandolfini takes over the role that his father did for a family, Tony Soprano. The rest of the cast are just as solid in bringing the well-known characters to life much earlier in life than in the series. Vera Farmiga plays Tony’s mother, Livia, and Jon Bernthal plays his father, Johnny Boy Soprano. Corey Stoll plays Uncle Junior and John Magaro plays Silvio Dante, Billy Magnussen is young Paulie Walnuts, Samson Moeakiola plays Big Pussy, Alexandra Intrator plays his sister Janice, and Robert Vincent Montano plays future chef Artie Bucco.
“This is very flattering,” Winter said as he told how much David Chase want him back on board. “I absolutely loved the movie and I’ve seen it a few times. I was really wondering if David should do it at all. You know, let’s leave it alone. But the more he told me about his ideas, it obviously could not be in better hands than David and Alan Taylor.I knew it would be good, I just did not know how much I would love it.For me it felt like the show in tone as it was the show , but not the show. It just felt light, tonal, like what we did. The cast was amazing, and Alessandro Nivola was just amazing. When you saw Michael Gandolfini, there were so many moments where he was his father. Ray Liotta was great . “
Just because it serves as a prequel to the series, however, does not mean that the film is only for fans of The sopranos. Terence Winterwent on to say how he thinks the film certainly works, whether you know the characters or not, but knowledge of the series just adds an extra level if you are willing to pay attention.
“There are so many Easter eggs that if you know what they are, you will be rewarded for being attentive,” he said. And if you did not catch on then, it’s okay, it’s a standalone movie. David and I have been kicking around how many stories there are that precede the TV series, and the idea of making a sequel if it comes to that would be really fun. And also the chance to work again with David, a dear friend and mentor. Just from that point of view, it would be amazing. “This news is from Deadline.
Topics: Sopranos, The Many Saints of Newark