Asked about the possibility that the “Sopranos” franchise might return to HBO, President of Programming Casey Bloys told Deadline at the TCA summer press tour: “I keep saying ‘never say never.'”
Bloys added: “There are no plans … no discussions about it, but [Michael Gandolfini] is a really good actor — we had him on ‘The Deuce.’ There is nothing on the table at the moment but I will stay open.”
Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late James Gandolfini, who knocked it out of the park as Tony Soprano on the original series, is playing a younger version of his father’s character in “The Many Saints of Newark,” a feature film in the works at New Line that’s a prequel to “The Sopranos.”
The movie project has prompted speculation that “Sopranos” creator David Chase might want to expand the 1960s world he’s creating for the feature and bring it back to HBO as a new series.
“The ensemble drama ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ focuses on Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), a mentor to young Tony as his own father, Johnny Boy, was grooming his son on a pathway to organized crime prominence,” Deadline notes. “There are expected to be call-backs and shout-outs to numerous other series characters in the film, which is set in the earlier time period.”