The character was much more than some monosyllabic mob boss; when we first met Tony, he was suffering from panic attacks and a hard family life (often, problems of his own making), and the David Chase-led show managed to masterfully meld his mental processes with the unconventional life he was living as the head of the Soprano Crime Family in New Jersey.
Sadly the idea of a sequel to "The Sopranos" ended after series star James Gandolfini tragically passed away in 2013 but Chase chose to go back to the series with a prequel that would explore Tony Soprano's teenage years as he began forming his attachments to the mob.
Mostly, though, the film focuses on Tony's uncle, Dickie Moltisanti (played by Alessandro Nivola), a mob soldier who eventually dies in the '70s at the hands of a crooked cop.
"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.
"However, according to Uproxx, Chase went on to say that he only meant that "[Tony] could have been whacked", not that the diner sequence was a definitive death scene.
Though the elder Moltisanti never appeared in the series, he is often mentioned as part of Christopher's backstory.
Lorraine Bracco, who played Tony Soprano's therapist Jennifer Melfi, said she also didn't know what happened. The Many Saints of Newark begins shooting in April. Think you'll pick up Zoller-Seitz and Sepinwall's book?
"I'm not going to answer that question", Chase replies. He says that there will probably be those who will hate the idea no matter how good or bad the prequel ends up being and he's just learned to live with those criticisms.
"I'm clueless", she said. "I was living in suburban New Jersey at the time that happened, and my girlfriend was working in downtown Newark".
Casting for the movie is underway with production on "The Many Saints of Newark" getting started later this year.
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