Is a “Sopranos” prequel ever going to happen?
“Even if I did it, it wouldn’t be ‘The Sopranos’ that was on the air,” David Chase tells AP in a new interview promoting the Blu-ray release of his landmark HBO mafia drama that spanned six season from 1999 to 2007. “Obviously at least one person is gone that we would need,” referring to late actor James Gandolfini who as Tony Soprano defined the hydra-headed “unlikeable” character archetype that has taken on a monstrous life of its own in more or less every television series. There’s little to like about Tony, but a lot to love.
David Chase mentions possible areas he would explore: “There are a couple of eras that would be interesting for me to talk about, about Newark, New Jersey. One would be (the) late ’60s, early ’70s, about all the racial animosity, or the beginning, the really true beginning of the flood of drugs.”
Chase spawned the golden age of television and now would have to compete with it. But streaming sites have given shows like “The Sopranos” and “Twin Peaks” a second life and in the case of the latter series an even more robust one, as David Lynch will be reincarnating his early-90s mystery for a new season in 2016. Will other pioneering television auteurs reboot their cult series? There’s no precedent for how to do it. Netflix’s fourth season “Arrested Development” experiment was not successful. Showrunners will need to fine tune this formula.
Check out David Chase’s favorite episodes of “The Sopranos” here. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bummed not to see “The Test Dream,” Tony’s hallucinatory free-fall late in the fifth season, on this list. The best “Sopranos” ever? Series high-note “Kennedy and Heidi,” in which the Tony-Christopher showdown finally reaches a tipping point. “I get it!”