Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

The SOPRANOS Prequel Movie Is Now Called NEWARK

The SOPRANOS Prequel Movie Is Now Called NEWARK

It's official! David Chase's upcoming Sopranos prequel film has been give a title and a premiere date, Deadline reports.

The film, which was originally going to be called, "The Many Saints of Newark", is now simply titled, "Newark".

James Gandolfini's own son, Michael, will be playing a younger version of Tony Soprano and Goodfellas star Ray Liotta has also been cast. Chase is reportedly maintaining heavy creative control over the project, having handpicked Nivola for his role.

Simply titled "Newark", the film will hit theaters on September 25, 2020, more than 13 years after the acclaimed HBO series came to an end. Other characters from the show may also appear in the prequel.

"Newark" was written by "Sopranos" creator David Chase with Alan Taylor directing after he helmed several episodes of the series during its critically acclaimed run on HBO from 1999 to 2007.

"Newark" is set in the 1960s during the Newark riots, five days of violence in the New Jersey city sparked by the beating of a black man by white police officers. It was especially lethal among African American and Italian American gangsters involved in the fighting - 26 people died and more than 700 people were injured during the riots.

Production on "The Sopranos" prequel "Newark" is expected to start sometime in May with the release date now confirmed for next year.

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