There might be a 'Sopranos' prequel series in the works after 'The Many Saints of Newark'
Michael Gandolfini, Alessandro Nivola and William Ludwig attend the premiere of The Many Saints of Newark at the Beacon Theater. Sipa USA

There might be a 'Sopranos' prequel series in the works after 'The Many Saints of Newark'

The Sopranos went off the air in June 2007, and fans were left to bask in nostalgia while rewatching HBO's iconic crime drama's six seasons for the next 14 years. The wait appears to have been worth it.

The Many Saints of Newark, the Sopranos prequel film that arrived Oct. 1, revived the world of Tony Soprano. Weeks later, according to Deadline on Thursday, Sopranos creator David Chase could be cooking up more.

"We're talking to David about a new series, Sopranos related, on HBO Max," Ann Sarnoff, CEO, Studios and Networks, WarnerMedia, told the outlet, while adding that she and her colleagues are "thrilled" by how Many Saints has been received.

Deadline's Peter White provided more context:

"Sarnoff admitted that a final decision as to whether the project becomes a series or a feature film has not been made, but a Sopranos prequel series is an intriguing possibility. She conceded that the box office numbers for "The Many Saints of Newark," which stars Alessandro Nivola as Dickie Moltisanti and James Gandolfini’s son Michael Gandolfini as a young Tony Soprano, were not quite as big as the company would have liked, but pointed to the demographics of the people returning to movie theaters as one reason. She added that the film had a positive effect on the show, which launched on HBO in 1999."

Many Saints takes place in Newark during the race riots, and as the official synopsis relayed, Tony is "becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family's hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities—and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano."

It was reported Oct. 1 that Chase had inked a five-year first-look deal with WarnerMedia that extends to film and TV for HBO, HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures.

Megan Armstrong (@megankarmstrong) is a writer with previous work appearing in places such as Billboard, Bleacher Report, GQ and others. She's most interested in writing about people and how they live their lives, through the framework of music, entertainment and sports.

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