‘The Many Saints of Newark’ is an upcoming American crime drama film directed by Alan Taylor and written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner as a prequel to Chase’s HBO crime drama series ‘The Sopranos’.
The film is called ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ because it revolves around Dickie Moltsanti, Christopher Moltisanti’s father. In English, Molti Santi translates as ‘many saints’. Also, Ray Liotta appears in the movie, he was the first actor approached to play Tony Soprano before James Gandolfini was cast when ‘The Sopranos’ was first produced.
Young Anthony Soprano is growing up in one of the most tumultuous eras in Newark’s history, becoming a man just as rival gangsters begin to rise up and challenge the all-powerful DiMeo crime family’s hold over the increasingly race-torn city. Caught up in the changing times is the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, who struggles to manage both his professional and personal responsibilities—and whose influence over his nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano
The film was initially scheduled to be released on September 25, 2020; however, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on theaters and the film industry, its release date was rescheduled to March 12, 2021. It was then delayed again to September 24, 2021, so it could premiere on the film festival circuit and better position itself as an awards contender, before later moving to October 1. The film will be simultaneously released in theaters and on HBO Max (for a limited period of 31 days), as part of the 2021 Warner Bros. film release schedule plans.
Directed by Alan Taylor and with a cast led by Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, John Magaro, and Michael Gandolfini as young Tony, see the preview below: