David Chase is officially bringing “The Sopranos” back to life, and these directors could successfully help him do it.
“The Sopranos” is back. David Chase and Lawrence Konner’s script for a prequel film titled “The Many Saints of Newark” has been picked up by New Line, and now everyone wants to know who will be the director tasked with bringing one of America’s favorite crime families back to life.
The film is set during the 1960s riots in Newark, New Jersey and deals with the war between the African-American and Italian mafias. While story details are not confirmed, characters such as Tony’s father and mother are reportedly involved. Chase himself could very well end up in the director’s chair, although he’s only listed as a co-writer and producer and is said to be closely involved with the hiring process.
Considering “The Sopranos” prequel film will be a period gangaster drama, Martin Scorsese is the no-brainer option every fan of the series would go crazy about, but that’s not exactly realistic. Below we list some possible candidates to direct “The Many Saints of Newark.”
Tim Van Patten
New Line is probably going to prefer Chase select a bigger name for the director’s chair, but “The Sopranos” creator would be wise to stick with the directorial voices that made the series such a powerhouse. Tim Van Patten was behind the camera for countless episodes of the HBO series and was nominated for four Emmys for directing the episodes “Amour Fou”, “Whoever Did This”, “Long Term Parking” and “Members Only.” Fans will recognize “Long Term Parking” as the iconic episode featuring Adriana’s execution. The film is going to be set in the 1960s, and Patten wouldn’t have a problem nailing period details after serving as executive producer and directing episodes of “Boardwalk Empire.”
Should Chase want to stick with television pros and remain in the HBO family, there would be few better choices than Michelle MacLaren. The director has been an HBO favorite over the last several years, directing episodes of “Game of Thrones,” “The Leftovers,” “Westworld,” and “The Deuce.” But her acclaimed work behind the camera on 11 episodes of “Breaking Bad” really seal the deal. Vince Gilligan’s drama owes nearly its entire existence to “The Sopranos,” and MacLaren is well accustomed to directing character-driven crime moments.
Bart Layton is best known for the 2012 documentary “The Imposter,” but he successfully proved his narrative feature chops at the Sundance earlier this year with the crime drama…
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