In an era of TV revivals and reboots, it appears that one show isn’t going to come back. David Chase, the creator of the popular HBO drama, The Sopranos, which aired from 1999 through 2007, said he doesn’t think he’d do a prequel to the show, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Though Chase has hinted at doing a spinoff or prequels in years past, it seems he’s no longer interested in doing one, telling Deadline that movie studios have asked him to do a movie. He said he’s rejected doing the prequel in movie form and doesn’t want to do it as a television show or episode, saying “But I think I’ll never do it. I’m disinclined to say that because I don’t want my thinking to be constrained. I’ve said it from the beginning: If I had a really good idea and I thought it could be really entertaining and it wouldn’t upset what was done I might do it.”
In 2012, when Chase first brought up doing a prequel, he said it would be about Tony’s family way before the start of the series. When he mentioned doing a prequel again in 2014, he said it could be about Newark, New Jersey in the 1920s or even the 60s and 70s. Chase had also mentioned that there would have been a gaping hole since James Gandolfini, who portrayed main character Tony Soprano, wouldn’t be a part of the show since he died in 2013.
The Sopranos started in 1999 and focused on Tony Soprano, a mob boss and father. Part of the series focused on Tony’s mob dealings while also focusing on his relationships with the members of his family, including his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), his daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), his son, AJ (Robert Iler) and his mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand).
The show ran for six seasons on HBO and ended in 2007. Its finale left many fans confused and outraged as it just ends with Tony, Carmela and AJ at a diner with Meadow trying to park to meet them for dinner. The last shot of the finale features Tony looking up before the screen goes black, leaving many fans wondering what would happen to the mobster. Chase has avoided saying what happens in the finale, though if he were to do a sequel that takes place presently, Tony Soprano would most likely be dead since Gandolfini died and the role would likely not be recasted.