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David Chase and HBO Max in talks over prequels to The Sopranos

by Khyle Deen. Published Sat 23 Oct 2021 19:51

While the response may have been polarising, it turns out that The Many Saints of Newark may not have been our last look into the universe of The Sopranos.

The hit series creator David Chase is in discussions with HBO Max regarding a new prequel project. Initial reports claimed that a potential prequel may have been a film, it's now rumoured that a tv series may be in the works for the future.

Ann Sarnoff, WarnerMedia's CEO of Studios and Networks, revealed that the final decision regarding a film or tv series is still being made. However, Sarnoff did touch on how Many Saints appeared to regenerate big buzz and interest in the show, despite low box office returns.

“You see The Sopranos pop into the top ten of viewed series on the service,” Sarnoff explained to Deadline, “and it’s given it an entirely new life. It’s literally lifted all of The Sopranos franchise in a new way. You can’t measure just by the box office.”

This recent announcement isn't too much of a surprise, David Chase did recently sign a massive-five year deal with WarnerMedia that consists of projects with HBO, HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures. The exact details regarding what other projects he will help develop for the company aren't yet fully clear, though another go at his popular series wouldn't be a complete surprise.

If this new Sopranos project does become a series, there is a chance that it could help develop and flesh out the narrative threads Many Saints introduced. Although Collider’s Matt Goldberg gave the prequel film an A- review, he mentions that “at times, especially in the second half, it feels like The Many Saints of Newark is about to burst.” This was a common criticism reflected through many fan and critical reviews upon the film’s release. Perhaps with another prequel film or even a brand-new series, stories such as how Sal “Sally” Moltisanti (Ray Liotta) was imprisoned or what else the crime family of Harold McBrayer (Leslie Odom Jr.) did could be further fleshed out.

If a new Sopranos project does indeed become a series, it may actually help develop and expand the threads that Many Saints introduced. While Collider's Matt Goldberg gave the prequel film an A- review, he does mention that "at times, especially in the second half, it feels like The Many Saints of Newark is about to burst." This criticism was shared a lot amongst many fan and critic reviews at the time of film's release. Maybe with another prequel film or new series, stories like Sal "Sally" Moltisanti's (Ray Liotta) imprisonment, or Harold McBrayer's (Leslie Odom Jr.) family's past could be enhanced further.



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