Considering creator David Chase is revisiting the world of the classic drama in prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, starring James Gandolfini’s son Michael, HBO’s President of Programming Casey Bloys was asked whether they could expand the feature into a series.
Excitingly, he refused to shut the door on the idea.
“I keep saying ‘never say never’,” Bloys told Deadline at Television Critics Association. “There are no plans, there is no discussions about it, but (Michael) is a really good actor. We had him on The Deuce. There is nothing on the table at the moment but I will stay open.”
Alessandro Nivola will star in the new film playing Richard “Dickie” Moltisanti. Though the character never appeared in The Sopranos – even through flashback – Dickie loomed large over its story. He was Carmella Soprano’s cousin, and was gunned down when his son Christopher Moltisanti was still an infant.
Dickie’s early death was the whole reason Tony Soprano (Gandolfini) felt so paternal towards Christopher – and a whole episode was given over to him avenging his father’s death.
Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal and Vera Farmiga have also joined the cast, with the latter expected to play a young version of Tony’s mother, Livia.
Directing the film will be Alan Taylor, who also served as director on nine episodes of The Sopranos, along with the Mad Men pilot and Game of Thrones‘s thrilling season seven episode “Beyond the Wall”.
The Sopranos was the first show to put HBO on the map. Ending in 2007, the series won 21 Emmys and 5 Golden Globes.
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