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‘Sopranos’ creator “extremely angry” prequel film streaming on HBO Max: “I wouldn’t have made it”

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The Sopranos creator David Chase has said he is “extremely angry” that the forthcoming prequel film The Many Saints of Newark is being premiered on HBO Max.

Discussing the day-and-date format, which will see the film open in cinemas and on the streaming platform at the same time, Chase said the situation was “awful”.

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“I don’t think, frankly that I would’ve taken the job if I knew it was going to be a day-and-date release. I think it’s awful,” Chase told Deadline, adding that he was “extremely angry” when he found out about the HBO Max release. “I still am [extremely angry].”

“If I was…one of those guys, if one of those executives was sitting here and I was to start pissing and moaning about it, they’d say, you know, there’s 17 other movies that have the same problem,” Chase went on.

“’What could we do? COVID!’ Well, I know, but those 16 other movies didn’t start out as a television show. They don’t have to shed that television image before you get people to the theatre. But we do. And that’s where we’re at.

The Sopranos
‘The Sopranos’. Credit: HBO/Alamy

“People should go see it in a theatre. It was designed to be a movie. It was…it’s beautiful as a movie. I never thought that it would be back on HBO. Never.”

An official synopsis for The Many Saints of Newark reads: “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 impressionable nephew will help make the teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano.”

The Many Saints Of Newark shared its official trailer earlier this summer and is currently scheduled to be released in UK cinemas on October 22.

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