For a man who has directed some of the best Game of Thrones an Sopranos episodes for HBO but also being the man behind Thor: The Dark World and Terminator Genysis, Alan Taylor has had quite an interesting career in Hollywood. Now, it looks like he’s coming home as The Wrap reports that he will get behind the camera to helm The Many Saints of Newark, the prequel to David Chase’s HBO series The Sopranos.
This won’t mark Taylor’s first time in Sopranos territory, given that he directed a total of nine episodes throughout his tenure on the show and actually won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for “Kennedy and Heidi,” one of the series’ final episodes. Having also helmed the penultimate episode of The Sopranos (“The Blue Comet”), Taylor clearly left his mark on the show’s most crucial moments.
The film will be co-written by series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner, who also contributed scripts to The Sopranos back in the day. The Sopranos follows the exploits of New Jersey-based mobsters. Over the course of six seasons, it was known for its large cast of rich characters. Tony Soprano may be the protagonist, but on the whole, the series focused on in-depth character development amidst portrayals of gangster stereotypes.
The Many Saints of Newark will reportedly take the Sopranos lore back to the 1960s. Set in the time of the Newark riots, the film tracks the heightened racial tensions between African-American and Italian-American communities, a merciless environment that results in extreme violence. These pressures and conflicts will occupy center stage after only being tangentially and inadequately explored in The Sopranos itself, but several characters from the original show can be expected to make reappearances as their younger selves. No casting announcements have yet been revealed.
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