'Sopranos' prequel series being discussed for HBO Max, says studio exec

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Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante, left, James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano and Tony Sirico as Paulie Walnuts in HBO's "The Sopranos." Photo credit HBO via Getty Images
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — HBO’s hit show “The Sopranos” may soon be getting a prequel series, following the release earlier this month of “The Many Saints of Newark.”

In an interview with Deadline, “Sopranos” creator David Chase said he was working on another feature film to expand the show’s universe.

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Now, the entertainment news organization has reported the project may end up as a TV series for HBO Max.

Ann Sarnoff, CEO of studios and networks at WarnerMedia, told Deadline that they are only “talking” about a prequel series currently and no plans have been made.

Chase previously told Deadline that if he would return to “The Sopranos” universe, any story he produced would take place after “Newark,” which is set in the late 1960s, and before the main series, which began in the late 1990s.

Sarnoff told Deadline that while “The Many Saints of Newark” did not perform as well at the box office as WarnerMedia had hoped, she did note that the film had a positive effect on the show.

“You see ‘The Sopranos’ pop into the top ten of viewed series on the service and it’s given it an entirely new life,” she said. “It’s literally lifted all of ‘The Sopranos’ franchise in a new way. You can’t measure just by the box office.”

“The Sopranos” ran for six seasons, collecting a total of 21 Emmy wins and 112 nominations. All episodes are available for viewing on HBO’s streaming service.

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