TheWrap is exclusively reporting that Alan Taylor will be directing New Line’s The Many Saints Of Newark, David Chase’s prequel feature to iconic television series The Sopranos.
David Chase created The Sopranos, which focused on New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, dealing with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his mental state that leads him to seek professional psychiatric counselling. The series ran for six seasons on HBO through 1999 to 2007.
The film is set to take place during the 1960’s, when the African-Americans and the Italians of Newark were at each other’s throats, and amongst the gangsters of each group, those conflicts became especially lethal. It was revealed back in March that a number of characters from the TV series will make an appearance in the film, though we’re not sure as to who it will be.
Alan Taylor directed a few episodes of The Sopranos, one of which (Kennedy and Heidi episode in season six) earned him the 2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing. Since then Taylor has directed episodes in TV shows such as Mad Men, Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, as well as direct films Thor: The Dark World and Terminator Genisys.