The Sopranos creator David Chase has admitted he's "extremely angry" about the hybrid HBO Max and cinema release for the upcoming prequel movie.
The Many Saints of Newark will follow the younger years of Tony Soprano, with the late James Gandolfini's son Michael taking on the iconic role.
As part of Warner Bros' 2021 release programme, the movie will have a hybrid release – something that Chase said was disheartening, especially as they wanted to differentiate this from the TV show.
Speaking to Deadline about his reaction to the news, the creator admitted he was "extremely angry" when he found out and still is. "I mean, I don't know how much you go into this, you know, like… okay.
"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. 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 theater. But we do."
He continued: "And that's where we're at. People should go see it in a theater. 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."
The movie's synopsis 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 nephew will help make the impressionable teenager into the all-powerful mob boss we’ll later come to know: Tony Soprano."
The Many Saints of Newark also stars Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Leslie Odom Jr, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, John Magaro, Ray Liotta and Vera Farmiga.
The Many Saints of Newark will be released on October 1, 2021 in cinemas and on HBO Max in the US. The film is scheduled to be released in UK cinemas on October 22, 2021.
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