"This is a classic, old style of movie..." - hmv.com talks bringing The Sopranos to the big screen with the cast and director of The Many Saints of Newark
Considered by many to be one of the greatest TV shows ever made, HBO's hit series The Sopranos, written by David Chase, holds a special place in the pantheon of tales about life in the Mafia, thanks in no small part to its larger-than-life characters, not least the show's patriarch Tony Soprano, played to perfection by the late, great James Gandolfini.
The show's enduring popularity has meant that talk of some kind of spin-off show has been circulating since almost immediately after the final episode aired in 2007.
Finally, though, this week sees the arrival of a hotly-anticipated prequel film offering a chance to look at the rise of a young Tony Soprano, played in this case by none other than James Gandolfini's son, Michael Gandolfini.
Written once again by David Chase and directed by Alan Taylor, who has some experience with the show having directed several episodes of the series himself, The Many Saints of Newark charts the beginnings of Tony Soprano's involvement in a life of crime, influenced largely by his uncle Dickie Montisanti, played by Alessandro Nivola. Alongside Gandolfini and Nivola is an impressive ensemble cast that includes Vera Farmiga, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal and Ray Liotta.
With The Many Saints of Newark in cinemas this week we sat down for a chat with Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr. and director Alan Taylor about bringing Tony Soprano's origin story to the big screen...
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