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The Many Saints of Newark is an upcoming American crime drama film directed by Alan Taylor and written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner, as a prequel to Chase's HBO crime drama series The Sopranos. The film stars Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Joey Diaz, Michael Gandolfini and Ray Liotta. It is set in the 1960s in Newark, New Jersey during the Newark riots.

The Many Saints of Newark
Directed byAlan Taylor
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • David Chase
  • Lawrence Konner
Based onThe Sopranos
by David Chase
CinematographyKramer Morgenthau
Edited byChristopher Tellefsen
New Line Cinema
Chase Films
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • September 25, 2020 (2020-09-25) (United States)
CountryUnited States

Co-produced by New Line Cinema and HBO, it is scheduled to be released on September 25, 2020, by Warner Bros.




In June 2017, when addressing whether or not he would continue The Sopranos, creator David Chase ruled it out, but insinuated interest in a prequel to the series.[2] It was officially announced in March 2018 that a prequel film would be made by New Line, with Chase writing the screenplay.[3]

In July 2018, Alan Taylor, who previously directed episodes of the series, was hired to direct the film.[4] In November, Alessandro Nivola was cast to star in the film as Dickie Moltisanti, the father of Christopher Moltisanti.[5] In January 2019, Chase, while discussing the 20th anniversary of the series, revealed that a young Tony Soprano would appear in the film.[6] Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Corey Stoll and Billy Magnussen were added to the cast that same month.[7][8] Michael Gandolfini, son of James Gandolfini, was cast in the role of young Tony.[9][10] Ray Liotta joined the cast in February,[11] with John Magaro, Leslie Odom Jr., and Michela De Rossi joining in March.[12][13][14]

Principal photography began on April 3, 2019, in Brooklyn and moved to Newark on May 7.[15][16][17] Production concluded in June 2019.[18]


It is scheduled for release on September 25, 2020.[19]


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  2. ^ Warner, Sam (June 15, 2017). "The Sopranos creator would be open to a prequel series". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  3. ^ "David Chase to make Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark". The Guardian. March 8, 2018. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Galuppo, Mia (July 3, 2018). "'Sopranos' Prequel Movie Taps Former Series Director Alan Taylor". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 20, 2018). "Alessandro Nivola Eyed to Star in 'Sopranos' Movie as Dickey Moltisanti (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (January 7, 2019). "'The Sopranos' Creator David Chase Offers Glimpses Of Prequel Movie As Groundbreaking HBO Series Turns 20". Deadline. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 8, 2019). "Jon Bernthal and Vera Farmiga Join 'Sopranos' Prequel Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 15, 2019). "Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen Join 'Sopranos' Movie Prequel (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  9. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (January 22, 2019). "'Sopranos' Prequel Film Finds Young Tony: Michael Gandolfini Is Chip Off Old Block". Deadline. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  10. ^ Kuperinsky, Amy (January 22, 2019). "James Gandolfini's son Michael to play young Tony in 'Sopranos' prequel film 'The Many Saints of Newark'". Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  11. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (February 27, 2019). "Ray Liotta Returns To Mob Movie Fold With 'Sopranos' Prequel 'The Many Saints Of Newark'". Deadline. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  12. ^ Hipes, Patrick (March 12, 2019). "John Magaro Joins 'The Many Saints Of Newark' In Reteam With David Chase". Deadline. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  13. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (March 20, 2019). "'Sopranos' Prequel 'The Many Saints Of Newark' Sets Tony-Winning 'Hamilton' Star Leslie Odom Jr. For Key Role". Deadline. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  14. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (March 26, 2019). "Michela De Rossi Lands Final Lead In 'Sopranos' Prequel 'The Many Saints Of Newark'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  15. ^ Marc, Christopher (March 26, 2019). "UPDATE: 'Sopranos' Prequel Film 'The Many Saints of Newark' May Wrap Filming In August". HE Entertainment. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  16. ^ Kuperinsky, Amy (April 11, 2019). "Get a first look at Michael Gandolfini as '70s Tony Soprano in 'The Many Saints of Newark'". Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  17. ^ Beckerman, Jim (May 7, 2019). "'Sopranos' prequel 'The Many Saints of Newark' begins filming in the Brick City". Daily Record. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  18. ^ Kuperinsky, Amy (June 17, 2019). "'The Many Saints of Newark' actors celebrate wrap on 'Sopranos' movie with behind-the-scenes photos and video". Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  19. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (March 15, 2019). "Warner Bros Dates 'Sopranos' Prequel 'The Many Saints Of Newark' For Fall 2020 – Update". Deadline. Retrieved March 25, 2019.

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