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The Sopranos to return to screens with movie prequel set in 1960s
The Sopranos a multiple Emmy award winner (Picture: HBO)

Acclaimed noughties crime drama The Sopranos will return to screens with a new prequel movie.

Creatorr David Chase confirmed that he has penned the movie, with a working title of The Many Saints Of Newark alongside former Sopranos writer Lawrence Kenner.

The script has been purchased by Warner Bros-owned production company New Line.

Set in the era of the Newark riots in the 1960s, the movie will reportedly feature a number of The Sopranos’ characters including Tony Soprano’s father, Giovanni ‘Johnny Boy’, and a younger version of his wife Livia and Tony’s uncle Junior.

Chase will serve as producer and co-writer on the movie.

The Sopranos to return to screens with movie prequel set in 1960s
James Gandolfini (left) and David Chase, (Picture: WireImage)

The Sopranos was one of the most acclaimed drama of the early 21st century, running on HBO between 1999 and 2007.

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It followed the life of Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini; Gandolfini sadly passed away in 2013.

Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich told Deadline: ‘David is a masterful storyteller and we, along with our colleagues at HBO, are thrilled that he has decided to revisit, and enlarge, the Soprano universe in a feature film.’

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