Remember, WarnerMedia announced that its entire 2021 slate is going to theatrical and HBO Max at the same time, but big chains like AMC are negotiating terms on a film-by-film basis. So that means not everything Warners is releasing will play those theaters that are open coast to coast. The assumption by many in distribution land is that this particular movie, a prequel to the Emmy-winning HBO mob series, was destined for HBO Max and that service alone. We’ll see about that. The movie always was envisioned for the big screen.
Most distributors for the first quarter are delaying theatrical releases or putting them directly into the home. This one was moved to September I hear on the possible good chance that more theaters will be open, but also positioning the movie in the 2021-22 awards season.
Alan Taylor directs The Many Saints of Newark from a script by Sopranos creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner. Chase, Konner and Nicole Lambert are producing. James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini, plays the younger version of Tony Soprano, the Jersey don his father played. Alessandro Nivola is Dickie Moltisanti, Billy Magnussen is Paulie Walnuts, Corey Stoll is Junior Soprano and John Magaro is Silvio Dante. The cast also includes Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Michaela De Rossi, John Magaro, Ray Liotta and Vera Farmiga.
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