The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints Of Newark inks veteran filmmaker Alan Taylor to direct
Veteran filmmaker Alan Taylor will direct The Many Saints Of Newark, The Sopranos prequel written by the show's creator, David Chase.
The 59-year-old director of films including Thor: The Dark World and Terminator Genisys was tabbed for the high-profile assignment, TheWrap reported Tuesday.
Taylor has extensive experience with the series, directing nine episodes over four of the seasons of the show.
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Done deal: Veteran filmmaker Alan Taylor will direct The Many Saints Of Newark, The Sopranos prequel written by the show's creator, David Chase. He was snapped in China in 2015
He won an Emmy in 2007 for his work on the episode Kennedy and Heidi, which dealt with the surprise death of Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) at the hands of Tony Soprano (the late James Gandolfini).
The prequel is described as 'a look at the formative years of New Jersey gangster, Tony Soprano,' according to New Line.
It will go in depth in looking at the riots in Newark, New Jersey in 1967, which left 26 people dead and hundreds more injured.
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The film will also explore the tension that existed between black and Italian people who lived in the community.
The studio has confirmed that many of the regular character from the series will return in some capacity for the prequel, but declined to get into specifics, the outlet reported. The show's star, James Gandolfini, died in 2013 at 51.
Four years ago, Chase outlined what he was hoping for in a chat with the Associated Press.
'Even if I did it, it wouldn't be The Sopranos that was on the air - obviously at least one person is gone that we would need,' he said. 'There are a couple of eras that would be interesting for me to talk about, about Newark, New Jersey.
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'One would be [the] late '60s, early '70s, about all the racial animosity, or the beginning, the really true beginning of the flood of drugs.'
While The Sopranos, which ran from 1999 thru 2007, was set in present day, it featured many flashbacks featuring Joseph Siravo as Tony Soprano's father Johnny Boy, Laila Robins as a younger incarnation of Livia Soprano, and Rocco Sisto as the younger Junior Soprano.
Other notable names linked to the highly-anticipated New Line project include writer Lawrence Konner, and executive producer Nicole Lambert.
In addition to his work on The Sopranos, Taylor has directed episodes of a number of critically-acclaimed series, such as Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Oz, and Sex and the City.
Turn back the clock: Actor Joseph Siravo played Tony Soprano's father Johnny Boy, while Lou Bonacki played ill-fated butcher Francis Satriale in this flashback from the series