Are we sensing an unfortunate theme here? It looks like audiences will have to wait for another property to be released. David Chase’s Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark, has been delayed. Variety reports Warner Bros. has set the new release date to September 24th, 2021.
It had a previous release date of March 12th, 2021. And before that, the release date for The Sopranos prequel was September 2020, but was shifted due to the coronavirus pandemic. This seems to be the common theme these days, and understandably so. However, It’s kind of odd for The Many Saints of Newark. But more on that later.
The Many Saints of Newark is a prequel to David Chase’s critically acclaimed hit The Sopranos on HBO. The series, starring James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli and Lorraine Bracco, ran from 1999 to 2007. The series won so many awards, including SAG’s and Emmy’s, that I can’t list them all here.
The Many Saints Of Newark Delayed By Warner Bros And HBO Max
So, on to the release date change. Why delay The Many Saints of Newark when it seems like the perfect fit for HBO Max? Warner Bros. just announced awhile back that the entire 2021 release slate would premiere in cinemas and HBO Max simultaneously. And since The Sopranos was a smash hit for HBO, it would make complete sense for it to premiere and be an HBO Max exlcusive, would it not?
Well, The Many Saints of Newark was green lit 2 years before the pandemic hit, for one. Principal photography started in April of 2019! The other is that big theater chains like AMC are still negotiating for films to come to theaters on a film-by-film basis. Not that I’ve read the contract, but I can surmise there is some clause with The Many Saints of Newark going directly to HBO Max. Despite how bad Warner Bros. wants it too.
The Many Saints of Newark is directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Second Thor) and written by The Sopranos creator David Chase, with Lawrence Kronner. Michael Gandolfini (James Gandolfini’s son) plays young Tony Soprano in the film. Which I am really looking forward to seeing how that plays out.
The cast also feature Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) and Ray Liotta (Goodfellas).
So what do you think? Are you upset by this news? Would you rather see The Many Saints of Newark premiere now on HBO Max? Would it help their subscriber base? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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