David Chase, legendary creator of The Sopranos, recently spoke about the release of The Many Saints of Newark simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. The least we can say is that he doesn’t like it at all!
In 2007, The Sopranos ended, leaving fans amazed at the daring of this ending concocted by David Chase, creator of the cult series. 14 years later, the author is back in this mafia universe to tell us about its genesis.
In The Many Saints of Newark, Chase takes us to the end of the 60s alongside Dickie Moltisanti, Tony Soprano’s mentor. The latter is played by Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini, hero of the successful series. As for Dickie, he is camped by Alessandro Nivola. This character is the father of Christopher, played by Michael Imperioli in The Sopranos.
If David Chase took a long time to put this project in place, it was partly to be able to bring it to the big screen, and not to television. Unfortunately, due to the health crisis, Warner has decided to release its 2021 feature films simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. This decision provoked strong reactions, in particular pushing Christopher Nolan to leave the studio to move to Universal.
The creator of the Sopranos, interviewed by Deadline, said he wouldn’t have accepted the job if he’d known he’d end up on HBO again. Indeed, his series was broadcast on this channel and Chase would have preferred to move away.
I was very angry when I heard this, and I still am.
“Frankly, I don’t think I would have accepted the job if I had known it would be a simultaneous theatrical and online release. I find it awful.”, rebelled the screenwriter. “I was very angry when I heard this, and still am”, he confesses.
“I wanted to get rid of that TV image before I got people into the movies. Audiences should go see it in a theater. It was designed to be a movie to watch under those conditions. It’s wonderful as a result. that movie movie. I never thought it would be back on HBO. Never “, adds David Chase.
I wanted to get rid of this television image before I attracted people to the movies.
“If a studio executive heard me complaining about this, he’d say, ‘You know, there are 17 other films that have the same problem. What can we do is because of the Covid! “I know! But these other 16 movies don’t have a history as a TV series. They don’t have to get rid of this television image before attracting people to the cinema “, he concludes with bitterness.
The Many Saints of Newark will land in French theaters on November 3. It is written by David Chase and directed by Alan Taylor.