It's been 20 years since we last saw Tony Soprano in the dinner with his family. HBO’s mobster drama series, The Sopranos aired from 1999 to 2007 and is often regarded as best TV series of all time. The show revolved around a New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), who has a hard time dealing with his family and hectic business. The Sopranos graced the small screen for eight years and left its viewers with the greatest cliffhanger in the history of television. Last year, New Line Cinema announced that they are working on a film that will detail the backstory of Sopranos. So, here’s what you know about the movie?
The Sopranos Movie Spoilers!
Titled The Many Saints of Newark, the movie will be set during the 1960s Newark riots. Directed by Alan Taylor with producers David Chase and Lawrence Konner, Alessandro Nivola is the only cast revealed till now. During the 20th anniversary red carpet event of the series, Nivola, 46, dropped a few hints about the movie. He said, “I'm playing Dickie Moltisanti, who is the central character in the movie, and he is Christopher Moltisanti's dad.” Christopher Moltisanti was a protege of Tony Soprano. He was portrayed by Michael Imperioli in the series. When asked if whether Tony Soprano will be in the movie or not he said,
"Tony will be a character in the film, and as was mentioned throughout 'The Sopranos' series, my character was an important person in his life, and it examines that relationship as well.”
Gandolfini, who portrayed the role of Tony won three Emmys for his work in the series. He died of a heart attack at the age of 51 in Rome, on June 19, 2013.
Creator, David Chase gave a few hints about the movie in an interview with Deadline,
“The movie will deal with the tensions between the blacks and whites at the time, and Tony Soprano will be part of this, but as a kid. It is going to depict when it was good. The mafia was very polished at that time, how they dressed and what they did. Those traditions were followed more loosely in the series. These weren’t guys who wore tracksuits, back then.”
Now, after more than a decade of speculations, fans may have had the mystery of the show’s ending solved, because of the creator Chase’s slip-of-tongue. Speaking in the book, The Sopranos Sessions (published on Jan 9, 2019), a collection of interviews, recaps and critical analysis from Alan Sepinwall & Matt Zoller Seitz, Chase might have unintentionally explained the fate of Tony. In an excerpt from the book, Sepinwall asks Chase,
“When you said there was an endpoint, you don’t mean Tony at Holsten’s, you just meant, ‘I think I have two more years’ worth of stories left in me.”
“Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end. I remember talking with [Sopranos writer and executive producer] Mitch Burgess about it. But it wasn’t - it was slightly different. Tony was going to get called to a meeting with Johnny Sack in Manhattan, and he was going to go back through the Lincoln Tunnel for this meeting, and it was going to go black there and you never saw him again as he was heading back, the theory being that something bad happens to him at the meeting. But we didn’t do that.”
Afterward, when Sepinwall pointed out if Chase was talking about the “death scene,” Chase paused for a moment and asked him to shut the mouth. Now, most of the fans presume that Tony’s character had met his demise, but it’s still not sure. But, one thing for sure is, Tony will play a major part in the upcoming prequel. The shooting of The Many Saints of Newark will begin in April.
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