Sopranos prequel film will explore "Tony’s boyhood"

Since the film is set in the 1960s, it enables Chase and company to skirt around the tragic fact that James Gandolfini, who so famously played Tony, died in 2013.

Granted, the superb HBO drama is very much its own beast that's untouchable, but the head of New Jersey's most beloved criminal empire will be making an appearance in the new prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark. There's a mountain of evidence for the former, and in a new interview, creator David Chase - whose official stance is that he doesn't know what happened to Tony - may have slipped his tongue and hinted Tony was killed in Holsten's diner by the man in the Members Only jacket. Recently, it was revealed that Alessandro Nivola had been cast as Dickie Moltisanti, father of Sopranos character Christopher Moltisanti, in the film ("Moltisanti" translates as "Many Saints", so it makes sense that the Moltisanti family is at the center of the film). 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.

"Dickie, as he's mentioned throughout the "Sopranos" series, was an important figure in Tony's life", Nivola said. Nivola said racial tension is "a big part of the story".

"Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end ..." We actually saw Tony around this age on The Sopranos series during a flashback, where he was played by young actor Bobby Borriello.

Edie Falco, Robert Iler and Jamie-Lynn Sigler attend the "The Sopranos" 20th Anniversary Panel Discussion at SVA Theater on January 09, 2019 in New York City.

Speaking about his motivation to return to the series after all this time, Chase told Deadline, "I was against [the movie] for a long time and I'm still very anxious about it, but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place".

Throughout its run from 1999 to 2007, The Sopranos earned 21 Emmy Awards and has been called by critics one of the best television series of all-time for its acting, writing, and directing.

After all these years, maybe those fans of The Sopranos that absolutely hated the ending will finally get an element of closure.

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