Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'The Sopranos' Set to Return with a New Prequel Movie; by Verne Gay

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'The Sopranos' Set to Return with a New Prequel Movie; by Verne Gay

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Byline: Tribune News Service

Like just about every other television classic, "The Sopranos" is about to get a reboot too, but this time as a movie prequel. Deadline.com is reporting that creator and showrunner David Chase has sold a script to New Line -- the Warner Bros. unit that produced the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy -- and that it has a working title: "The Many Saints of Newark."

Almost since the moment the screen went famously blank nearly 11 years ago, Chase has routinely been asked about another "Sopranos" project and just as routinely dismissed the prospect. A sequel would have forced a resolution to the most enduring riddle in TV history -- did Tony live? And when James Gandolfini died June 13, 2013, in Rome at the age of 51, any idea of continuing became moot.

But what about a prequel? In an interview with Entertainment Weekly on the occasion of the finale's 10th anniversary, Chase did open that door ever so slightly: "I could conceive of maybe a prequel of The Sopranos," he told the magazine. …

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