Don’t stop believin’ …
A prequel to “The Sopranos” is set to hit the silver screen with a look at the infamous Newark riots, according to a report Thursday.
The screenplay for “The Many Saints of Newark” — written by “Sopranos” creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner — has been picked up by New Line Cinema, Deadline reported.
The movie will be set in the late 1960s, when war between Newark’s Italian and African-American population was breaking out and prompted deadly riots that divided and destroyed New Jersey’s largest city.
The timeline of the film likely means the story will focus on Tony Soprano’s father, Giovannia “Johnny Boy,” a former captain of the Soprano crew, his wife, Livia, and Tony’s uncle Junior, played by Dominic Chianese.
Chase will be a producer and co-writer and will have a hand in selecting the director.
“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,” said Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich.
New Line is a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.’s TWX, +0.50% Warner Bros.
“The Sopranos” ran for six seasons between 1999 and 2007 and featured the late James Gandolfini as protagonist Tony Soprano.
This report originally appeared on NYPost.com.
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