March 8, 2018
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David Chase returns to New Jersey — and his hit show, The Sopranos — with the script for a new prequel movie, The Many Saints of Newark, Deadline reported Thursday. New Line purchased the script, which reportedly features characters from the Emmy-winning series that ran for six seasons on HBO between 1999 and 2007.

The film will take place during the Newark riots of the 1960s. "I couldn't get any more information about the plot," writes Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr., "but the time period indicates there will be room for Tony Soprano's father, Giovanni 'Johnny Boy,' the former captain of the Soprano crew (played in flashbacks by Joseph Siravo), and a younger version of his wife Livia (played indelibly in the show's first season by Nancy Marchand), and Tony's uncle Junior, played by [Dominic] Chianese."

Chase, who is also producing the film, will reportedly be involved in picking the director. Read the full scoop at Deadline here. Jeva Lange