HBO’s classic gangster drama The Sopranos, widely credited as one of the most influential TV shows of all time, is on the way back. The show ended in 2007, but in recent months there have been reports of a prequel movie being in development. It has now been reported that Thor: The Dark World‘s Alan Taylor will direct the film.
According to Variety, Taylor will helm the film, which is titled The Many Saints of Newark. The script has been written by Sopranos creator David Chase, alongside Lawrence Konner, who also worked on the show. The site states that the movie is set is in Newark, New Jersey, during the 1960s, at a time when there was a lot of racial tension between African-American and Italian residents. Although no casting news has been announced, the film is expected to feature younger versions of some of the characters from The Sopranos.
Thor: The Dark World and last year’s sci-fi flop Terminator: Genysis are Taylor’s highest profile credits, but he also has an impressive background in TV. He directed multiple episodes of The Sopranos as well as acclaimed shows such as Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and Boardwalk Empire.
The Sopranos ran for 86 episodes, from 1999 to 2007. The late James Gandolfini starred as mob boss Tony Soprano, a role for which he won three Emmys and a Golden Globe. The show itself was the first cable show ever to be nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and was crucial in pushing HBO towards original programming.