The Many Saints of Newark (marketed with the subtitle A Sopranos Story) is an upcoming American crime drama film. It is 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 stars Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Michael Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and Vera Farmiga. Set in the 1960s and 1970s in Newark, New Jersey, using the 1967 riots in the city as a backdrop for tensions between the Italian-American and African-American communities, the film follows the teenage years of Tony Soprano and his mentoring by protagonist Dickie Moltisanti in the midst of a violent gang war his family is involved in. Dickie Moltisanti is the deceased father of Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos and is often referred to as a legend in the show. We will now finally find out if it really was the cop who killed Dickie or if Tony just made that up to form a stronger bond with Christopher.
New Line Cinema obtained the rights to produce The Many Saints of Newark alongside HBO Films. Warner Bros. Pictures was to initially release the film on September 25, 2020, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its release date was rescheduled to October 1, 2021, as well as a month-long simultaneous release on the HBO Max streaming service. (Wikipedia)