Holy ravioli! — I mean, that's how Tony would respond to this news, right?
David Chase, the creator of HBO's iconic drama, The Sopranos, is set to return to the world of mob bosses and tracksuits. Deadline reports New Line has purchased the screenplay for The Many Saints of Newark — a Sopranos prequel set during the Newark riots of the '60s. For those of you who aren't up-to-speed on your New Jersey history, the Newark riots marked a crescendo of racial tension between the city's Black and Italian residents.
The script for The Many Saints of Newark was written by Chase and Lawrence Konner, who also wrote for the original HBO series. No plot details are known right now, but given the time period, we can expect to possibly see Tony Soprano's parents, Giovanni and Livia, and his uncle Junior, in their prime. Who knows... we may even get to meet a young Tony.
Chase will also serve as one of the film's producer and will help in selecting a director.
The Sopranos ran for six seasons from 1999-2007, and is considered by many to be the best television show of all time. It centered around the professional and family life of New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano (played by the late James Gandolfini).