"The Sopranos" creator David Chase has confirmed that young 'Tony Soprano' will get caught up in the 1967 Newark, New Jersey riots, for the New Line/Warner Bros. feature "The Many Saints of Newark", co-written with Lawrence Konner and to be directed by Alan Taylor ("Thor: The Dark World"), starring Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Corey Stoll and Billy Magnussen, prepping a late 2019 start:
"...'Dickie Moltisanti'(Nivola), the father of 'Christopher' and a 'mob soldier' who died in the 1970's at the hands of a crooked cop, will provide an entry point into a look at the Soprano mob's origins in the turbulence of racial tensions between African Americans and Italian Americans in Newark, NJ..."
"I was interested in Newark and life in Newark at that time", said Chase. "I used to go to down there every Saturday night for dinner with my grandparents. But the thing that interested me most was Tony's boyhood. I was interested in exploring that.
"The movie will deal with the tensions between the blacks and Italians at the time and 'Tony Soprano' will be part of this, but as a kid.
"I was just interested in the whole 'Newark Riot' thing..."
The 1967 Newark riots occurred in the city of Newark, New Jersey, between July 12 and July 17, 1967. Over the four days of rioting, looting, and property destruction, 26 people died and hundreds were injured.
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