The feature film prequel to the TV series The Sopranos, The Many Saints of Newark, has finally found its director in Alan Taylor.
Terminator Genisys’s Taylor is no stranger to the murky underworld of the TV show. Having already directed a number of episodes on the series, he also won an Emmy for sixth season episode Kennedy and Heidi in 2007.
The script, which is written by Chase and Lawrence Konner is said to be set during the Newark riots in the ’60s when racial tensions between the Italian and African American communities were at boiling point. It is also thought that a number of the original cast members from the show are set to return for the feature.
It’s looking likely that Tony Soprano’s father, Giovanni Johnny Boy, the former captain of the Soprano crew (played in flashbacks by Joseph Siravo), and a younger version of his wife Livia (played indelibly in the show’s first season by Nancy Marchand), and Tony’s uncle Junior, played by Chianese will be the centre of the feature.
Chase will produce the film with Chase Films’ Nicole Lambert serving as executive producer. New Line is the production company.
Taylor has a long list of credentials in TV working on shows such as Lost, The West Wing, Six Feet Under, Sex and the City, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Deadwood, and Mad Men. In the feature film arena, Taylor has previously worked on Palookaville and Thor: The Dark World.
No potential production start date has been announced as yet.