The feature-length prequel to the hit HBO series The Sopranos was given both a release date and a name change. Originally titled The Many Saints of Newark, the newer and shorter title of simply Newark will make its theatrical debut on Sept. 25, 2020.
Currently, the plot of the film is unknown, but the film is said to take place in New Jersey during the Newark riots of the 1960s. During that time, African-American and Italian-American gangs were at odds with each other.
The film will be directed by Alan Taylor, who is no stranger to directing shows for HBO. Besides directing nine episodes of The Sopranos, Taylor also directed six episodes of Sex and the City, four episodes of Bored to Death and seven episodes of Game of Thrones. Taylor also directed the 2013 sequel Thor: The Dark World after Patty Jenkins dropped out.
Series creator David Chase made The Sopranos into one of the classic TV shows in history, and now he’ll try to make great cinema by revisiting the universe he first introduced 20 years ago.