WarnerMedia in talks with David Chase for a Sopranos prequel series
If you thought that The Sopranos storm would be over after The Many Saints of Newark, you were wrong. Reports now state that WarnerMedia is in talks with David Chase for a Sopranos prequel series! The news comes merely weeks after the long-awaited Sopranos prequel movie hit the theatres and HBO Max.
The Sopranos creator hinted in an interview with Deadline that he’s planning for another feature film. This time, he’ll be working with Terrence Winter, who has worked on multiple episodes of The Sopranos in the past. However, it turns out that it’s not a film, but an entire series exclusively for HBO Max. And a lot of this was because of the success of The Many Saints of Newark, according to CEO, Studios and Networks, WarnerMedia Ann Sarnoff. She said:
We’re talking to David about a new series, Sopranos related, on HBO Max.
And David Chase was apparently quite insistent on working with Winter for any future Sopranos prequel series project. Chase further clarified that the prequel will now focus on the timeline after the 60s and 70s, in which The Many Saints of Newark was based in. Therefore, you can expect it to be somewhere in the 80s, especially while Tony Soprano was making a name for himself in New Jersey, along with Tony B. and Jackie Aprile. Chase said:
There’s only one way that I would do it, and that was if Terry (Winter) and I could write the script together. That I would do.
The Sopranos prequel series is coming because of the success of the original series on HBO Max
For now, Sarnoff is not certain if the project will be a feature film or a series. Despite the hype around The Many Saints of Newark, the movie could not be the immaculate success that they had planned for. However, there were a few standout performances. These included Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti and James Gandolfini’s son Michael Gandolfini as a young Tony Soprano. Moreover, the prequel actually helped The Sopranos gain more popularity on HBO Max. And so, a Sopranos prequel series could help Warner Bros in gaining more traction for the streaming platform. Sarnoff said:
You see The Sopranos pop into the top ten of viewed series on the service and it’s given it an entirely new life. It’s literally lifted all of The Sopranos franchise in a new way. You can’t measure just by the box office.
In our review of The Many Saints of Newark, we also highlighted the fact that the movie should have been a prequel series. Only a series could give characters the time to develop and become likable for the audience. And with Chase signing a five-year deal with WarnerMedia, it looks likely that they’ll come to a good arrangement. This was despite the fact that Chase had a lot of grievances with Warner Bros. over the release of the Sopranos prequel on HBO.