The Sopranos creator David Chase is searching for a child actor to portray a boyhood version of the late James Gandolfini's lead character in the forthcoming prequel movie. Love it or hate it, the Sopranos finale was unforgettable, particularly for its now-infamous final scene in which (spoilers) the screen cut to black, and held there, leaving the fate of Tony Soprano ambiguous, and spouting many theories in the process.
After a long pause, Chase simply says, "F**k you guys".
"I'm still very anxious about it, but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place...", he shared.
When pressed by Sepinwall if the "point of the scene" was to suggest that Tony could have been whacked in the final diner scene, Chase responds: "Yes, that he could have been whacked in the diner".
"The movie will deal with the tensions between the blacks and whites at the time, and Tony Soprano will be part of this, but as a kid", he added. But he began to rethink the idea in recent years when reminiscing about his own childhood experiences in the city of Newark.
"I was against [the movie] for a long time and and I'm still very anxious about it, but I became interested in Newark, where my parents came from, and where the riots took place..." I was living in suburban New Jersey at the time that happened, and my girlfriend was working in downtown Newark.
"Yeah, I feel they're out there with shotguns, just waiting."Chase says he thought up this scene about two years before writing the actual finale, and it involved Tony driving to a meeting in NY with fellow mobster John Sack.
This being said, Chase also elaborated that the film will harken back to a more "professional" era of the Mafia. Those traditions were followed more loosely in the series.
The Many Saints of Newark is now in the casting process atWarner Bros' New Line Cinema.
Chase will produce "The Many Saints of Newark" and has written the script with "The Sopranos" writer Lawrence Konner.