THOR: THE DARK WORLD Director Alan Taylor Will Direct THE SOPRANOS Prequel Film
A few months ago we learned that New Line Cinema was set to produce a prequel film for HBO's The Sopranos called The Many Saints of Newark. Creator David Chase co-wrote the script for the film with Lawrence Konner and now Variety is reporting that Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor is set to direct. It makes sense to bring Taylor on board to direct because he actually directed nine of the 86 episodes of The Sopranos.
The film is set in the 1960s in Newark, New Jersey, amid conflicts between African-American and Italian residents. Over four days of rioting in July, 1967, 26 people died and hundreds were injured in Newark.
It was previously reported that the film is set during a "time when the African-Americans and the Italians of Newark were at each other’s throats, and amongst the gangsters of each group, those conflicts became especially lethal."
The film is expected to feature younger versions of some of the old characters from The Sopranos. It was also said that "the time period indicates there will be room for Tony Soprano’s father, Giovanni 'Johnny Boy,' the former captain of the Soprano crew (played in flashbacks by Joseph Siravo), and a younger version of his wife Livia (played indelibly in the show’s first season by Nancy Marchand), and Tony’s uncle Junior, played by Chianese."
Taylor also directed episodes Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire and Electric Dreams. He also directed the film Terminator Genisys. What do you think about Taylor taking on The Many Saints of Newark?