- The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to The Sopranos, hits theaters in October.
- Director Alan Taylor says series creator David Chase has hinted at a sequel.
- James Gandolfini’s son Michael is taking over the role of Tony Soprano.
Get ready for The Sopranos-verse, people, as nothing is ever *truly* above being turned into a franchise.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Emmy-winning director Alan Taylor — who has helmed big-budget films such as Thor: The Dark World and Terminator: Genisys — has revealed that The Sopranos creator David Chase is mulling future projects in the universe, particularly a sequel to the upcoming prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark.
As important as the film is to the Sopranos legacy, it might not be the last. The story plays a bit like a lavish pilot for a series that doesn’t yet exist, and it’s easy to imagine HBO Max backing up a sanitation truck full of cash for a Sopranos prequel series. Taylor has his doubts that will happen but mentioned an eyebrow-raising exchange with Chase.
“David said something that sounded like he was talking about [making more content]. I said, ‘Wait wait, are you talking about a sequel?’ And he said, ‘Maybe.’” [via The Hollywood Reporter]
If Chase is itching to get back into the world of The Sopranos, I see no reason why anyone should stop him: if The Many Saints of Newark is well-received, continuing the story would be a no-brainer both creatively and financially.
The Many Saints of Newark stars Michael Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, Jon Bernthal as Giovanni “Johnny Boy” Soprano, Corey Stoll as Junior Soprano, Vera Farmiga as Livia Soprano, Billy Magnussen as Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri, John Magaro as Silvio Dante, Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti, and Leslie Odom Jr, Ray Liotta, and Joey Diaz in undisclosed roles. The Alan Taylor-directed film will hit theaters and HBO Max on Friday, October 1.