Actor James Gandolfini in scene from HBO TV drama series The Sopranos.
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November 6, 2014

Sopranos creator David Chase has been playing with fans’ emotions over the last year, by continually hinting at his interest in doing a prequel to the mob show. In a new interview, Chase revealed more details about the possible project, which would likely look rather unconventional.

“There are a couple of eras that would be interesting for me to talk about, about Newark, New Jersey,” he said in a recent interview with the Associated Press. “One would be (the) late ’60s, early ’70s, about all the racial animosity, or the beginning, the really true beginning of the flood of drugs.”

Chase has gone on record several times with his interest in a prequel that would focus on Tony’s parents’ generation (can you just imagine Livia in her prime?). While promoting his film Not Fade Away in 2012, Chase told Showbiz 411 that he had even discussed the idea with HBO. “It would be with Tony’s father, and Uncle Junior, and Livia–Tony’s mother–long before any of the other characters we know now.”

In May, while participating in a panel at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, he said he still “flirts” with the idea of doing a prequel set in Newark.

One of these days, maybe HBO will announce they’ve actually green-lighted the project. Until then, we have plenty of time to pick our dream cast. Jennifer Lawrence as Livia Soprano? Bada bing!


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