Gandolfini starred as the show's lead, mob boss Tony Soprano, for six seasons until it wrapped for good in 2007, and although the actor tragically died in 2013, his onscreen alter ego will be brought back to life as a kid for Chase's film adaptation, The Many Saints of Newark.
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As you may or may not know, entertainment reporters Matt Zoller-Seitz and Alan Sepinwall have collaborated on a new book called The Sopranos Sessions, which arrived in stores today. Alessandro Nivola, who will play Dickie Moltisanti (father of Chrissy) spoke to Variety at a Sopranos' anniversary event on Wednesday and shared some of the first details of the movie.
"I guess I got to be kind of discreet about it, so David Chase doesn't kill me", Nivola said. In addition to Dickie and Tony, a much younger Junior Soprano will be involved, as well as many other characters from the original series. But Chase clarified that this won't be the same rose-colored Newark from Tony's memory. But before we get to the pull-quote that's got everyone arching their eyebrows, I'd like to go on record with the following opinion: the ending of The Sopranos can not be "solved", should not be "solved", and was pretty much designed from the ground up to be open to interpretation.
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"I was interested in Newark and life in Newark at that time", Chase told Deadline. The Many Saints of Newark is set to begin production this year, with casting now underway.
The film begins in 1967 with the backdrop of the race riots that tore through Newark, New Jersey.
"Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end", says Chase, who has consistently refused to elaborate on theories that the ending symbolizes Tony's point of view going dark when he's assassinated in the restaurant.More news: Pompeo Visits Middle East to Increase Pressure on Iran
Chase will produce "The Many Saints of Newark" and has written the script with "The Sopranos" writer Lawrence Konner.
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