New Line Cinema Sets Sopranos Prequel Film For September 2020

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"The Sopranos" prequel has a new name and a release date.

As previously reported, the film was originally had the working title of "The Many Saints of Newark" but that has now changed to just "Newark".

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

The young actor was smiling while sitting in the booth, with a sign visible that reads, 'This booth is reserved for the Soprano family'.

The Many Saints of Newark will be set in the 1960s, during the Newark Riots, when African-American and Italian-American gangs waged war in the streets.

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Nivola will play young Dickie Moltisanti, the late father of Christopher Moltisanti (played by Michael Imperioli) and cousin of Carmela Soprano.

David Chase, the creator of the acclaimed HBO series, has teamed up with Lawrence Konner, one of the series' writers, for the script.

The Birth.Movies.Death. staff includes more than a few raging Sopranos fans, and lord knows we're curious about Newark, but I'm also getting the impression that hype levels surrounding this project - at least as far as those of the BMD readership are concerned - are running somewhat low.

The pic, directed by Alan Taylor, stars Alesandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, John Magaro and Michael Gandolfini; the latter playing the younger role his late father James Gandolfini made legendary: New Jersey kingpin Tony Soprano.

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