David Chase Sheds Insight on The Sopranos Prequel Film

David Chase lets slip Tony Soprano’s fate for The Soprano’s 20th anniversary

David Chase announced previous year that he'd begun work on a prequel film to his beloved HBO series The Sopranos.

Nivola said racial tension is "a big part of the story". Alessandro Nivola, who will play Dickie Moltisanti (father of Chrissy) spoke to Variety at a Sopranos' anniversary event on Wednesday and shared some of the first details of the movie. In addition to Dickie and Tony, a much younger Junior Soprano will be involved, as well as many other characters from the original series.

Alessandro Nivola talked to The Associated Press about the project on the red carpet Wednesday before a panel discussion led by creator David Chase to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "The Sopranos" in NY. Love it or hate it, the Sopranos finale was unforgettable, particularly for its now-infamous final scene in which (spoilers) the screen cut to black, and held there, leaving the fate of Tony Soprano ambiguous, and spouting many theories in the process.

"However, according to Uproxx, Chase went on to say that he only meant that "[Tony] could have been whacked", not that the diner sequence was a definitive death scene.

Speaking about his motivation to return to the series after all this time, Chase told Deadline, "I was against [the movie] for a long time and I'm still very anxious about it, but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place". But Chase clarified that this won't be the same rose-colored Newark from Tony's memory.

"The movie will deal with the tensions between the blacks and whites at the time, and Tony Soprano will be part of this, but as a kid", he added. "I was interested in exploring that".

The film begins in 1967 with the backdrop of the race riots that tore through Newark, New Jersey.

Chase reteamed with fellow show writer Lawrence Konner to pen The Many Saints of Newark, which will be directed Alan Taylor, who previously took charge of a number of The Sopranos episodes.

Since the show's premiere turns 20 this year, the creator David Chase chatted with Deadline about the sequel, The Many Saints of Newark, and what inspired it to come to life.

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