The Sopranos movie prequel in the works

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In this March 3, 2006 file photo, David Chase, creator and producer of the hit HBO series "The Sopranos," poses on a set in the Queens borough of New York. Warner Bros. Pictures says Thursday that New Line has purchased a screenplay for a Sopranos prequel from series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner. The studio says the working title is The Many Saints of Newark and will be set in the 1960s during the Newark riots. Chase's acclaimed series about the mobster Tony Soprano played by the late James Gandolfini ran for six seasons on HBO and won 21 primetime Emmys. Image: AP Photo/Diane Bondareff

The Sopranos is getting the big-screen treatment.

New Line is developing a movie prequel, currently titled The Many Saints of Newark, penned by David Chase. Chase, who created the hit HBO series, wrote the screenplay with Lawrence Konner.

Some of the fan-favourite characters from The Sopranos are expected to appear in the film set in the era of the 1960s Newark riots, when African-Americans and Italians were adversaries.

Considered one of the greatest television series of all time, the groundbreaking series ran for six seasons on HBO from 1999 until 2007. Its numerous accolades include 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards.

Chase will serve as producer as well as co-writer on the film. Nicole Lambert will serve as executive producer.

Chase's last feature film was the 2012 drama Not Fade Away, starring James Gandolfini, who played mobster Tony Soprano in the series but died in 2013.

"David is a masterful storyteller and we, along with our colleagues at HBO, are thrilled that he has decided to revisit, and enlarge, the Soprano universe in a feature film," Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich said.

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