‘Many Saints Of Newark’, ‘Sopranos’ Director Alan Taylor Film Who Lit My Fuse – Deadline
The movie that lit my fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to the industry headlines about uncertainty by bringing the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences, and inspirations of some of today’s great cinema artists.
Each installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is Alan Taylor, who has been chosen by David Chase to direct The Many Saints of Newark, the prequel to the iconic HBO series The Sopranos which will be released on October 1 by New Line / Warner Bros. in theaters and on HBO Max. It is one of the most anticipated films of the year.
Taylor arrives at this plum mission after a long and distinguished career as a television director. This includes some of Soprano Favorite episodes of creator Chase’s series, including “Kennedy and Heidi”, the one in which Michael Imperioli’s character Christopher Moltisanti dies at the hands of his boss and mentor, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) after a car crash . Taylor won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for this one, and he’s also directed episodes of everything from West wing To Dead wood, Game of Thrones, Oz, Homicide: Street Life, Six Feet Under, Rome and Mad Men. He has also directed feature films that include Thor: The Dark World and Terminator Genysis.
In The Many Saints of Newark, Taylor and Chase and his co-author and Soprano Veterinarian Lawrence Konner learns about the formative years of the Jersey Mafia led by Tony Soprano, and the linchpin is Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), Tony’s uncle and Christopher’s father, and the Newark race riots. Watch Taylor describe the influences that brought him to this place.
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