'Sopranos' prequel film to feature Tony as a kid

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The mob based series proved that television shows don't always have to make you laugh and the love fans had for the lead star, James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) and his family helped the show live through six strong seasons.

The Sopranos is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week.

David Chase announced past year that he'd begun work on a prequel film to his beloved HBO series The Sopranos.

"It's set in 1967 with the backdrop of the race riots that were happening in Newark at that time, and the racial tension between the Italians and the blacks at that moment is a big part of the backdrop of the story", Nivola said.

Nivola spoke to Variety at the 20th anniversary of "The Sopranos" in NY on Wednesday, where the cast and creator David Chase held a panel. "I'm playing Dickie Moltisanti, who is the central character in the movie, and he is Christopher Moltisanti's dad". In addition to Dickie and Tony, a much younger Junior Soprano will be involved, as well as many other characters from the original series.

When pressed by Sepinwall if the "point of the scene" was to suggest that Tony could have been whacked in the final diner scene, Chase responds: "Yes, that he could have been whacked in the diner". "The movie will deal with the tensions between the blacks and whites at the time, and Tony Soprano will be part of this, but as a kid".

In an interview with Deadline, Chase confirmed the news and said: "The thing that interested me most was Tony's boyhood".

"I was against [a movie] for a long time and I'm still very anxious about it, but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place".

"I'm still very anxious about it, but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place...", he shared.

"Yeah, I feel they're out there with shotguns, just waiting."

"Yes, I think I had that death scene around two years before the end ..." The Many Saints of Newark is set to begin production this year, with casting now underway. Veteran Sopranos director Alan Taylor will be helming the project, based on a script from Chase and Boardwalk Empire scribe Lawrence Konner.

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