The Many Saints Of Newark, which serves as a prequel to The Sopranos, may get a sequel to its name. The movie will explore the 1967 Newark riots, featuring the reign of the DiMeo crime family and the rise of young gangsters. The film will also look at the life of a young Tony Soprano before he became the crime boss viewers grew to love on the hit HBO series. The Many Saints Of Newark is written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner, directed by Alan Taylor, and features James Gandolfini’s son, Michael, in his late father’s role. It also stars Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, John Magaro, Ray Liotta, and Vera Farmiga.
The HBO crime drama that the film is based on ran for six seasons from 1999-2007, and revolved around a ruthless and depressed crime boss attending therapy. The Sopranos is widely regarded as one of the best television series in history due to the complexity of its immoral characters, winning multiple awards for stars Gandolfini, Edie Falco, and the show itself for Chase. The series continues to be discovered by newer audiences and remains one of the most talked-about shows, namely because of its speculative series finale in 2007, which ended abruptly by immediately cutting to black, leaving the audience uncertain about the fate of Tony and his family.
In an interview with THR, Taylor teased that Chase might be thinking of following The Many Saints Of Newark with a sequel. Taylor has been a longtime director for The Sopranos, directing nine episodes, and winning an Emmy Award for directing the episode featuring the death of Tony’s nephew, Christopher Moltisanti. He is also known for directing multiple episodes of Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and Sex and the City. Taylor went on to comment about his conversation with Chase that suggests that he might not be finished with The Sopranos universe just yet. Read what he said below:
“David said something that sounded like he was talking about [making more content]. I said, ‘Wait wait, are you talking about a sequel?’ And he said, ‘Maybe.’”
The movie provides an outlet for many fans who want to know more about the Soprano family ever since the series finale aired, which continues to be analyzed to this day, with Chase giving interviews on it for many years afterwards. Still, it is not likely that Chase will plan a sequel that takes place after those events. However, any additional material following what happens after The Many Saints Of Newark will very much intrigue and excite fans who are anticipating the release of the upcoming film that will premiere October 1.
As part of its release in theaters, The Many Saints of Newark will also simultaneously stream on HBO Max for 31 days so viewers will also have a chance to watch it at home. The movie shines a light on the legacy for The Sopranos and the lasting impact it has had on audiences and storytellers. There are many unknowns about the history of the crime life that influenced Tony Soprano, and it will be interesting to see what his boyhood was like. If The Many Saints Of Newark reaches the peak that The Sopranos did, it may not be the last fans will see of the franchise, and Chase could very well consider his thought to continue the story.