The Sopranos prequel movie Many Saints of Newark has been delayed once again.
The upcoming film, which will be set before the events of the long-running HBO series, is now aiming for a release of September 24, 2021 – a year later than initially planned.
A release date was originally set for September 2020, but the project was later pushed back to March 12, 2021 as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
According to Variety, the film's postponement isn't related to production, as the cast and crew have already wrapped filming. The publication also states that audience fears over entering a cinema during the pandemic also isn't responsible for the delay, since it will debut simultaneously on the big screen and on HBO Max.
The Sopranos creator David Chase wrote the script with Lawrence Kenner, while Alan Taylor, who directed episodes of the series (as well as some instalments of Game of Thrones), directed the film.
The movie is set during the Newark riots in 1967, as rival gangsters challenge the DiMeo family's hold over the city.
Michael Gandolfini will play a younger version of Tony Soprano, the fictional crime boss previously portrayed by his father, James Gandolfini. Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen and Ray Liotta also star.
The Many Saints of Newark is now set for release on September 24, 2021.
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