There are some spoilers for The Sopranos here, but, come on. It went off the air 11 years ago.
David Chase’s prequel to his HBO series The Sopranos is a little bit closer to fruition. Earlier today it landed a director, and you could say he’s more than capable of handling the source material.
As reported by The Wrap, series veteran Alan Taylor will be directing The Many Saints Of Newark, which takes place in the 1960s during the reign of Johnny Boy Soprano (played in the series by Joseph Siravo), father of Tony Soprano (the late James Gandolfini). Set against the backdrop of the Newark riots, it’s rumored that several Sopranos characters will appear as younger versions of themselves.
Over the course of its six seasons, Taylor was calling the shots on some of the biggest episodes. Though he made his debut back in season one, it wasn’t until nearer the end of its run that Taylor was directing episodes regularly. He won an Emmy for 2007’s “Kennedy and Heidi,” which saw the death of Christopher (Michael Imperioli) at the hand of his mentor, Tony.
Other noteworthy Taylor contributions include the introduction of the FBI in the chilling final scene of season one’s “Pax Soprana,” and season four’s “The Rat Pack” that guides the show steers into a much darker, more paranoid headspace. Since then, Taylor’s directed episodes of such prestigious TV including Mad Men and Game of Thrones, as well as helming Thor: The Dark World.
Taylor’s certainly a solid choice to make as the guy who’ll help take us back into the world of The Sopranos. You might even say he’ll help it be a big hit, or some other mafia-related pun.