WarnerMedia has signed a five-year first look contract with “Sopranos” creator David Chase that will encompass both film and television.
As part of the deal, Chase will develop content for HBO – whose founding mafia drama put the pay cable network on the map – HBO Max and Warner Bros. Picture Group. Chase’s prequel to HBO’s hit drama, “The Many Saints of Newark,” hit theaters and on HBO Max on Friday.
“David Chase is one of the most gifted storytellers in the film and television industry. HBO has a long-standing creative partnership with David, and this agreement provides us with a wonderful opportunity to continue this relationship with HBO and HBO Max, ”said Casey Bloys, Director of Content, HBO and HBO Max.
“David has a unique voice and is a gifted writer and filmmaker,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman of the Warner Bros. Group. Pictures. “His work is pure and authentic, and very convincing to a wide audience. The critical reception of “The Many Saints of Newark” is a testament to David’s mastery of both film and television. We are delighted to keep David in the Warner Bros. family. ”
“The Many Saints of Newark” stars Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late James Gandolfini, as the younger version of Gandolfini Mafia boss Tony Soprano. It also stars Ray Liotta, Jon Bernthal, Alessandra Nivola, Vera Farmiga, Billy Magnussen and Corey Stoll.
“Many Saints” follows the story of Dickie Moltisanti, the father of regular “Sopranos” Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) who had a huge influence on a young Tony Soprano.
“The Sopranos” premiered in 1999 and spanned 7 seasons and is widely regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time.
David Chase is represented by UTA, Gendler & Kelly and 42 West.