‘The Sopranos’ Prequel Movie: Everything We Know So Far About ‘Newark’

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The planned prequel film to “The Sopranos” might not be “Star Wars: Episode IX,” but many of the details for this highly-anticipated film have been almost as secretive.

At the very least though, it has a potential working title: “Newark.” This is a project that boasts “The Sopranos” creator David Chase and an already impressive cast.

Originally titled “The Many Saints of Newark,” New Line Cinema is planning to release the film on Sept. 25, 2020. Here’s what else we know:

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Firstly, Chase wrote the film with Lawrence Konner, a staff writer on “The Sopranos” who received the sole writing credit on three individual episodes. They are also producing the film.

Alan Taylor is directing “Newark.” He won an Emmy in 2007 for directing the Season 6 episode “Kennedy and Heidi.” More recently, Taylor has been behind some of the stand-out episodes of “Game of Thrones,” including “Beyond the Wall,” which was nominated for an Emmy in the show’s the seventh season.

As for the cast, Alessandro Nivola is starring alongside Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Ray Liotta, John Magaro, Billy Magnussen and Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late James Gandolfini, who is portraying a young Tony Soprano.

Nivola, known for films such as “American Hustle,” “A Most Violent Year” and “Selma,” will play Richard “Dickie” Moltisanti. If that name sounds familiar, it is because Moltisanti loomed heavily over the arc of “The Sopranos,” but in name only.

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Dickie was Carmela Soprano’s cousin, a Vietnam veteran and a foot soldier in the Soprano crew. He was killed when Christopher was very young, and we know of his past because Tony would frequently show his protective, paternal instincts for Christopher and shared anecdotes with him about Christopher’s late father.

He was always a “stand up guy,” Tony would say. And the show even devoted an entire episode arc in which Tony helps Chrissy avenge his father’s death. As a way of slowly nudging Chrissy up the family hierarchy, Tony tells Chrissy his father’s killer was a recently retired detective, and he then delivers the presumed killer for Chrissy to interrogate him.

The initial title, “The Many Saints of Newark,” was also fitting as “Moltisanti” literally means “many saints” in Italian.

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The film is set in Newark in the 1960s when around the time of the Newark riots. Dubbed “The Long Hot Summer of 1967,” the Newark riots were one of 159 race riots that swept the country that year. These riots ignited when Newark Police officers arrested and beat an African American taxi driver. It sparked four days of looting, violence and property destruction in which 26 people died and hundreds more were injured.

“The Sopranos” show flashed back to this time the “Down Neck” episode when Tony reflected on a point in his youth when Johnny Boy Soprano and a young Uncle Junior still ran the streets.

Oddly in this flashback, Tony is only a kid, whereas Michael Gandolfini (who plays Christopher Multisanti) is a young adult, so there’s the possibility that the film ends up jumping beyond the 1960s, possibly to when Dickie is killed.

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“The Sopranos” was a groundbreaking show for the ways in which it touched on themes of addiction, depression and race. Many of the mobsters on “The Sopranos” showed their racist sides and spoke fondly of the days prior to the Civil Rights era. Exploring their origins in this period will show how their personalities and prejudices became what they were in the HBO series.

As with any David Chase property, whether it’s “The Sopranos” or his ’60s rock film “Not Fade Away” (which also starred John Magaro), you can bet that “Newark” will be far more than just your average period piece.

The working title “Sopranos” prequel “Newark” opens Sept. 25, 2020.

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Jon Bernthal and Vera Farmiga to Join ‘Sopranos’ Prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark’

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Jon Bernthal and Vera Farmiga are in final negotiations to join the cast of the prequel to “The Sopranos,” with the working title “The Many Saints of Newark,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Bernthal and Farmiga join the cast opposite Alessandro Nivola, who is playing Dickie Moltisanti in the feature film. Both Bernthal and Farmiga’s character details are under wraps.

“The Many Saints of Newark” is set in the era of the Newark riots in the 1960s, when the African-Americans and the Italians of Newark were at each other’s throats, and when among the gangsters of each group, it became especially lethal. While other plot details are vague, the film is expected to include appearances from several key characters from “The Sopranos.”

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“The Sopranos” series creator David Chase co-wrote the script with Lawrence Konner. Alan Taylor (“Thor: The Dark World,” “Game of Thrones”) is directing the film. Chase and Konner will also produce. Nicole Lambert on behalf of Chase Films and Marcus Viscidi are executive producing.

Farmiga recently wrapped production on Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series, “Central Park Five,” and she’ll next be seen in “Godzilla: King of Monsters” and “Captive State.” She’s repped by CAA, Authentic Talent, ID and Peikoff Mahan

Bernthal’s upcoming projects include James Mangold’s untitled Ford vs Ferrari film and he is about to premiere in the second season of “The Punisher.” He is represented by WME, Attorney David Weber and Narrative PR.

Variety was first to report.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Director Hints at ‘Violent’ Fate for Arya or Sansa Stark

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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Sunday’s “Game of Thrones”)

Arya and Sansa Stark had a tension-filled interaction on Sunday night’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” when it became clear that both sisters are extremely lethal. The director of the episode since warned that there’s a “violent” fate to come for the Stark girls.

“I think both characters have been through absolute hell since the death of their father in very different ways, and have turned into absolute lethal individuals,” Alan Taylor, who directed “Beyond the Wall,”Alan Taylor told Huffington Post. “We’re very aware of how lethal Arya is, because she’s displayed it over and over again. But I love the fact that the tables do turn back and forth between them; it really is a shifting back and forth of power between them in those scenes we had. And when Sophie (Turner, who plays Sansa) says she won the Battle of the Bastards, she’s right.

“I just wanted to give the impression, as much as possible, that one of them is going to die. But you’re not sure which one,” Taylor added.

Hold on: One of them is going to die?

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“Arya is certainly lethal and sort of threatening, but when Sansa sends Brienne away, who is Arya’s natural protector, something is coming very soon between them, and it will be violent but surprising,” the director continued.

Sunday’s episode saw Arya (Maisie Williams) confronting Sansa in Arya’s room after she’d discovered Arya’s satchel of faces. Arya them made Sansa play the Game of Faces, which she had played with Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) in the House of Black and White.

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Arya told Sansa that with the faces, she can become someone else. Grabbing the dagger she got from Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright), Arya moved toward Sansa, saying she could even find out what it would be like to be her sister if she took her face. But while Arya was threatening her older sister, she flipped the dagger around and gave it to Sansa before leaving the room.

Things sure are escalating quickly between those Stark kids …

The final episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 7 will air on Sunday, Aug. 27.

Read Taylor’s Q&A with HuffPo here.

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EXCLUSIVE: Whatever Game of Thrones is cooking up for next week’s Season 7 finale, it’s going to have to be big to beat tonight’s penultimate episode where the Night King acquired the ultimate weapon in a dragon of his own and a barely alive but besotted Jon Snow acquiesced to eventually bend the knee to Daenerys Targaryen.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Director Promises Dragons ‘The Size of 747s’

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“Game of Thrones” always promises bigger and grander things in upcoming seasons, and season 7 is no exception — this time, one of the directors is guaranteeing dragons the “size of 747s.”

“The dragons this year are the size of 747s,” director Matt Shankman told Entertainment Weekly. “Drogon is the biggest of the bunch — his flame is 30-feet in diameter!”

For reference, a 747 is approximately 230 feet long with a 210 feet wingspan.

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Why are the dragons so big this upcoming season? What’s in store for audiences? Of course, everything related to the HBO show is being kept under wraps.

Kit Harington, who stars as Jon Snow in the series, recently promised upcoming episodes will “break boundaries and push past boundaries.”

“I certainly did more this season than I’ve ever done,” Harington told Huffington Post. “I think every actor on it did more action, had more action, had more scenes. They really focused it because less characters are coming in, and they’re focusing in on the existing ones, and there are lots of people who cross paths, and that’s something that I think the audience has been waiting for for a long time.”

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He added: “They spent an increasing amount of money on less episodes, so it’s gonna be much bigger in scale, the CGI … we’re trying new things, experimenting with new camera techniques. I think we’re trying to break boundaries and push past boundaries in these final two seasons.”

The Emmy-winning series returns to HBO on July 16. This year, the season will be much shorter than previous ones. The seasons have always been 10 episodes, but season 7 will only have seven episodes.

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Alan Taylor Returns To UTA

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