That movie prequel to “The Sopranos” is taking shape. What, you forgot that the best TV show of ever is getting disinterred — er, I mean reentering the commercial market with a brand franchise in the movie space? Maybe you were just blocking it out.
The movie, called “The Many Saints of Newark,” will be set in the 1960s, amid clashes between Newark’s black and Italian residents. In July 1967, across four days of rioting, 26 people died and hundreds were injured. The script is co-written by series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner, one of the show’s writers.
This week, the movie’s studio, New Line Cinema, announced that Alan Taylor will direct. Taylor has directed five movies, including “Thor: The Dark World,” but most of his work has been for TV. He has directed multiple episodes of some of TV’s best series, including “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men,” “Rome,” “Deadwood,” “Sex and the City,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” and, of course, “The Sopranos.” He won an Emmy for one of the nine “Sopranos” episodes he directed, called “Kennedy and Heidi.” That’s the episode in which Tony suffocates the injured Christopher.
And what about the plot? We know characters from the series will appear as earlier versions of themselves, but which ones? Who is going to star? New Line is saying nothing, so prepare yourselves for a dribbling of information over the coming months.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.