Warner Bros. Releases First Trailer To The Sopranos Prequel

June 30, 2021 | Benjamin Carpenter

The Sopranos is largely regarded as the best TV series of the 21st century. The series was groundbreaking in how it was written, directed, and in the controversial topics the show would unapologetically address. It has been 14 years since The Sopranos ended in 2007 and yet, The Sopranos legacy is stronger than ever. The series’s reputation has cemented itself into being one of TV’s all-time greats. Fortunately, the popular TV series has avoided studios milking it for spinoffs or sequels… until now.

HBO has just released the trailer to the new Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark. The Many Saints of Newark follows a young Tony Soprano in the midst of the 1967 Newark riots where tensions between African Americans and Italian Americans are at an all-time high. The movie will contain Tony Soprano’s origin story from troubled ordinary boy to legendary mob boss. 

David Chase, the original creator of The Sopranos, wrote The Many Saints of Newark even though he expressed that he was against making a prequel to the series for years. What made him reconsider the idea of a prequel was the 1967 Newark riots. He wanted to create a story about the 1967 riots mixed with organized crime which led him to create The Many Saints of Newark. 

The Many Saints of Newark stars Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Alessandro Nivola, and Michael Gandolfini as a young version of Tony Soprano. Michael is the son of the late James Gandolfini who played Tony Soprano in the original series. James, unfortunately, died of a heart attack in 2013.

The Many Saints of Newark was originally supposed to be released on September 25th, 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film was delayed several times. Now, the film is officially being released in theaters and on HBO Max on October 1st, 2021.


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