The Sopranos is getting a prequel movie

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The Sopranos is returning to the screen, as the show’s creator – David Chase – in the form of a new movie project.

Chase is developing a prequel story to the hugely influential HBO mob drama, that originally debuted in 1999, running for six seasons in all.

The film project will be set in New Jersey in the 1960s, and the focus is likely the younger years of Tony Soprano’s father, Junior. The Newark riots of 1967 are set to be a major part of the film, it seems.

Chase has penned the screenplay for the film with Lawrence Konner, and it’s going by the working title of The Mary Saints of Newark. No director or cast are attached, but New Line Cinema – part of Warner Bros – has now picked the project up.

No cast is in place, and the search is on for a director for the project.

More as we hear it…