‘The Sopranos’ Creator is Reportedly Talking with HBO About New Prequel Series

by Keeli Parkey
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If you’re a fan of “The Sopranos,” here comes some news you are really going to love. And, if you’re a fan of the famous HBO drama, as well as its recent prequel film – “The Many Saints of Newark” – this is news you’re really, really going to love.

David Chase, the creator of the famous drama, is reportedly talking with WarnerMedia to create a prequel series to “The Sopranos,” according to Deadline. Sharing this news was Ann Sarnoff, the CEO, Studios and Networks at WarnerMedia.

One reason a prequel series to the mob drama is a possibility is the success of “The Many Saints of Newark” prequel film. Sarnoff said her company was “thrilled” with this project. The film was released in early October 2021.

“We’re talking to David about a new series, ‘Sopranos’ related, on HBO Max,” Sarnoff also said.

So, should the prequel series become a reality, what should fans expect? David Chase has reportedly shared some details about it. He has said that the events of the prequel series would be set after “The Many Saints of Newark.”

This would set the timeline for the prequel series in the 1960s and 1970s. The drama will also take place before the events of “The Sopranos” series. The timeline of the original series began in 1998. The show made its debut on HBO in 1999. It starred the late James Gandolfini in the lead role.

David Chase also has one demand for the prequel series. “There’s only one way that I would do it, and that was if Terry (Winter) and I could write the script together. That I would do,” Chase explained. Winter was both an executive producer and a writer for the original series of “The Sopranos.”

Prequel Series for ‘The Sopranos’ Not a Done Deal

David Chase, however, might decide to turn his attention to another project he wrote for HBO. This project was titled “A Ribbon of Dreams” and was meant to be a six-part miniseries.

This project focused on the early days of Hollywood. One main character was a cowboy. Another was a mechanical engineer. They decide to join forces to work in the movies. Chase said the project was moving forward, but “there was a problem with money.”

“The thing I wrote for HBO was, it would’ve been pretty good. I may go back to that,” Chase also said.

WarnreMedia’s Ann Sarnoff also noted that the prequel series isn’t a done deal. While she had said the company was “thrilled” with “The Many Saints of Newark,” she also said it didn’t make as much money at the box office as they had hoped. However, it did bring more attention to the original series.

“You see ‘The Sopranos’ pop into the top 10 of viewed series on the service and it’s given it an entirely new life. It’s literally lifted all of ‘The Sopranos’ franchise in a new way. You can’t measure just by the box office,” Sarnoff also said.

While the plans for a prequel series to “The Sopranos” have not been finalized, fans can still hope it happens. Finding out more about a young Tony Soprano and the rest of his family would definitely be entertaining. There are still many stories to tell – and fans want to watch them.