David Chase's groundbreaking mafia drama first aired in the U.S. on January 10 1999 and viewers spent six seasons following the trials and tribulations of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini. Some argue the sudden end (and the stuff leading up to it) means mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) was whacked, while others haven't stopped believin' that Tony is still alive.
Nivola said his character, Dickie Moltisani, will be "the central character", and that the title references the name Moltisani, which means "many saints" in Italian.
I still quite haven't gotten used to the idea of a Sopranos prequel movie, but I'm curious to see how it all turns out. Variety previously reported that Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor would helm the prequel, from a script that Chase wrote with Lawrence Konner, and that Chase is producing the picture. The film, titled The Many Saints of Newark, features Alessandro Nivola playing Dickie Moltisanti (father of Christopher Moltisanti).More news: 'That's a load of garbage': Barnaby Joyce rubbishes corruption allegations
This being said, Chase also elaborated that the film will harken back to a more "professional" era of the Mafia.
Lorraine Bracco, who played Tony Soprano's therapist Jennifer Melfi, said she also didn't know what happened. "I was interested in exploring that".
Chase had already confirmed that the film would focus heavily on tensions between black and white, and that Tony Soprano will be in the film, but as a kid.More news: We do not support inappropriate comments: Virat Kohli
Sepinwall: When you said there was an end point, you don't mean Tony at Holsten's, you just meant, "I think I have two more years" worth of stories left in me'. We actually saw Tony around this age on The Sopranos series during a flashback, where he was played by young actor Bobby Borriello. But Chase became more interested in the project as a way of looking back at his own personal history.
"I was interested in Newark and life in Newark at that time", Chase told Deadline. While there is no better time to look back at one of the best television shows of all-time, it's also a flawless time to look even further back.
After all these years, maybe those fans of The Sopranos that absolutely hated the ending will finally get an element of closure. As great as the supporting cast, and the writing, and the directing were on the series, Gandolfini's iconic performance is what really made the show special.More news: China's moon rover prepares for a rough ride on the dark side