Fans of HBO’s hit original series The Sopranos have been waiting for the prequel movie for almost a year. However, it looks like they’ll have to wait a little longer. ‘The Many Saints of Newark,’ which is a Sopranos prequel movie, has been delayed again from its theatre debut.
The Sopranos prequel movie delayed, once again
The movie was also delayed last year from it’s initial release in September 2020 to March of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, now the movie will open on September 24, 2021, an entire year after it’s initial intended release. The Many Saints of Newark is a New Lines Cinema and Warner Bros. Production.
Normally, big Hollywood releases were delayed last year mainly due to the closure of theatres. Production houses were concerned that their movies would not be able to register profits without cinemas. Furthermore, there’s a chance that crowds would not return to the theatres anytime soon. However, that is not how Warner Bros. is going to deal with the future in 2021. They announced that all of their 2021 lineups will be released on the HBO Max streaming service as well. And it includes The Sopranos prequel movie too.
Just like The Sopranos, Many Saints of Newark was shot at Silvercup Studios in Queens and on location in New Jersey. David Chase is still sticking strong to his principles from The Sopranos by shooting the prequel movie in New Jersey. This recent delay has not been because of a delay in production or shooting either. Most of the scenes had been shot before the pandemic, apart from a few reshoots last September. Some sources told Variety that this new release date will allow the film to debut near the film festival circuit. This will allow the film to bag a few awards for Warner Bros. as well.
What to expect from The Many Saints of Newark
The crew from The Sopranos is very much a part of the prequel movie. David Chase wrote the script along with Lawrence Konner. Furthermore, Alan Taylor, who directed many episodes of The Sopranos, will be at the helm of the movie as well.
The Many Saints of Newark is set amid the Newark riots in the 1960s when rival gangsters started to challenge the authority of the DiMeo crime family in Newark. However, the movie will explore different decades like the 70s and 80s as well. And Michael Gandolfini will be playing the iconic role of Tony Soprano, portrayed in the original series by his father James Gandolfini. The cast also includes Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, and Ray Liotta.