The forthcoming Sopranos prequel movie has received a new title, Newark, and has been given the green light for a September 2020 release.
A film based on the acclaimed HBO series, which aired between 1999 and 2007, is currently in development, with the likes of Jon Bernthal, Alesandro Nivola and Ray Liotta all having been cast. Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late James, will play a younger version of his father’s famous character Tony Soprano in the film.
It’s now been confirmed that the movie will be called Newark, having previously gone by the working title The Many Saints of Newark. As Deadline reports, it’s also been confirmed that Newark will be released in cinemas on September 5, 2020.
The movie will be set in the titular city during the 1960s, with Sopranos creator David Chase – who is co-producing and writing Newark with Lawrence Konner – confirming back in January that it’ll “deal with the tensions between the blacks and whites [in Newark, NJ] at the time”. Alan Taylor is on board to direct the film.
Chase recently admitted that he had been against the idea of a Sopranos prequel movie “for a long time” and that he was still “very worried about it”.
“But I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place,” Chase explained. “I was living in suburban New Jersey at the time that happened, and my girlfriend was working in downtown Newark. I was just interested in the whole Newark riot thing. I started thinking about those events and organised crime, and I just got interested in mixing those two elements.”