‘The Sopranos’ prequel film director named

The movie is reported to be called 'The Many Saints Of Newark'

The director of the forthcoming Sopranos prequel film has been named.

Earlier this year, it was confirmed a movie was in the works by Sopranos creator David Chase and the series’ writer Lawrence Konner. The Sopranos ran for six seasons from 1999 to 2007 and starred the likes of the late James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli and Edie Falco.

Now, according to The Wrap, Alan Taylor has agreed on a deal to direct the film. Taylor directed episodes across four seasons of the show, including the episode “Kennedy and Heidi”, which won an Emmy Award. He has also worked on the likes of Game Of Thrones, Mad Men, and Boardwalk Empire.

The prequel is reported to be called The Many Saints Of Newark and will take place in the 1960s “when riots swept through Newark, New Jersey and conflicts between African-American and Italian residents were at their worst.” Some characters from the original series will allegedly appear, including Tony Soprano’s father, Giovanni “Johnny Boy”, and a younger version of his wife Livia.

When the film was first announced, Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich spoke of his delight at securing the prequel. He said: “David is a masterful storyteller and we, along with our colleagues at HBO, are thrilled that he has decided to revisit and enlarge the Soprano universe in a feature film.”

No release date for the movie has been confirmed at present.