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The Sopranos prequel heading to big screen

The Sopranos

Story by Jack Foley

A PREQUEL to classic TV series The Sopranos looks to be heading to the big screen.

David Chase, who created the landmark series starring the late James Gandolfini, has penned the script, which has the working title The Many Saints of Newark. It is reportedly set against the backdrop of the Newark riots of the 1960s.

New Line has purchased the script, with the company’s chairman, Toby Emmerich, saying in a statement: “David is a masterful storyteller and we, along with our colleagues at HBO, are thrilled that he has decided to revisit, and enlarge, the Soprano universe in a feature film.”

Although details are scarce, it is believed that the script will see some familiar characters from the show appear.

The HBO drama ran for six seasons, winning 21 Emmys and making stars of Gandolfini and Edie Falco.

The 1967 Newark riots saw four days of looting and violence that led to the deaths of 26 people.

They were the result of a long-running feeling of disenfranchisement among black people who had been racially profiled, subjected to violence from the authorities, and denied opportunities.

As yet, there is no release date set for the prequel.