The Sopranos writer David Chase is not happy about the upcoming prequel movie, The Many Saints of Newark, straight to HBO Max next to theaters. Like many directors, writers, and filmmakers, Chase explains that he felt blinded by the sudden change in the release schedule, and that he might not have even taken the job if he had known it would be the case.
“I honestly do not think I would have accepted the post if I had known it would be a day-to-date release. I think it’s awful.”
Oh, honey. David Chase further explains his point of view and argues that he wanted The Many Saints of Newark to move away from the small screen presentation of its predecessor and jump to the big screen. Of course, with simultaneous streaming, his intentions for the project have now been massively watered down.
“Extremely angry, and I’m still. I mean, I do not know how much you’re going to do this, you know, like … okay. If I were … one of those guys, if one of the drivers was sitting here me and I should start pissing and moaning about it, they would say, you know, there are 17 other movies that have the same problem.What can we do? Covid! Well, I know, but the 16 other movies did not ‘start’ They do not have to reject the television image before you get people to the theater. But we do. And that’s where we are. People have to go and watch it in a theater. It’s designed to be a “It was … it’s beautiful like a movie. I never thought it would appear on HBO again. Never.”
Chase is understandably irritated by the change in release, and he is by far the only big name to have reacted so emphatically against the strategy. In the end, it was his co-author Lawrence Konner who convinced him to return to the world of The Sopranos.
‘I could have walked away, yes, but there was a part of the story where my partner Lawrence said,’ let’s get to work. Let’s do something, do something, do something. This will be good for you. Now, are you walking away from it? I do not know. “
Directed by Alan Taylor and written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner, The Many Saints of Newark will precede David Chase’s extremely successful crime series, The Sopranosgives insight into the formative years of the beloved New Jersey gangster. The project has put together an excellent cast that includes Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Corey Stoll, Michael Gandolfini, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, John Magaro and Ray Liotta.
Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, The Punisher) plays as Giovanni Francis “Johnny Boy” Soprano, the father of crime boss Tony Soprano, originally played by Joseph Siravo in six episodes of the HBO drama with Vera Farmiga (The Departed, The Conjuring) as Giovanni’s wife and Tony’s mother, Livia Soprano, in a role originally played by Nancy Marchand.
Like many tent pole projects of late, The Many Saints of Newark has suffered a series of delays and is now being released in theaters on October 1, 2021, as well as a month-long simultaneous release of the HBO Max streaming service. But if you see him, do not mention the second part to David Chase. It comes to us from Deadline.
Topics: The Many Saints of Newark, The Sopranos, HBO Max, Streaming