The Sopranos Is Getting a Movie Prequel, Courtesy of David Chase

HBO, Getty Images
HBO, Getty Images

Fans of The Sopranos could spend the next 20 years arguing about what really happened to Tony Soprano when, in the final moments of the 2007 series finale, the screen unexpectedly went black and Steve Perry stopped screeching at us to “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Did Tony ever get to eat the onion rings he ordered, or did that guy in the Members Only jacket cut his deep-fried enjoyment short? While series creator David Chase has refused to offer much in the way of assistance in sorting it all out, sticking with his assertion that the scene gives the viewer every piece of information he or she needs to figure it out, he’s about to give fans of the groundbreaking HBO crime drama a new chapter in the Soprano family saga: a movie prequel.

On Thursday, Warner Bros. announced that Chase and Lawrence Konner (who was a writer on The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire) had already written the script for the prequel, which is tentatively titled The Many Saints of Newark. According to The New York Times, the story will take place in Newark during the 1960s—when Tony was still just a kid—and revolve around the city’s race riots, which pitted the Italian and African American communities against each other during the “Long Hot Summer of 1967.”

Though Chase co-wrote and will produce the film, he will not direct it. While Variety reported that “some fan-favorite characters from The Sopranos are expected to appear in the film,” no casting announcements have been made—nor has any anticipated release date been given. Which leaves you plenty of time to return to that whole “Did Tony get whacked or not?” argument.

[h/t: The New York Times]

Jason Momoa is Glad Game of Thrones's Khal Drogo Only Lasted One Season

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

Although Jason Momoa had a pretty minor role in the grand scheme of Westerosi things in Game of Thrones, fans of his character Khal Drogo will attest to him being an extremely important part of the series—particularly in how he helped to shape the character of Daenerys Targaryen. But the actor, who is currently starring in Aquaman, is happy his time on the series ended when it did.

Drogo met his untimely demise in Season 1, and Momoa has no regrets about it. “I’m actually really, really happy with how it all turned out because, you know, you just can’t keep that character alive,” Momoa told the New York Daily News. “Even when I watch it, it just wouldn’t fit. Khaleesi [Daenerys] … I feel like she inherits that strength and she has to be by herself and do it that way."

Momoa also commented on how popular a character Drogo still is, adding, “Even now, people just can’t stop ... they love Khal Drogo. It’s unbelievable. Like, one season. I don’t know any other character that’s done one season out of eight or nine that people just go [wild]. I didn’t know it was going to be that big.”

Even though Momoa hasn’t been on the show for years, he’s still a huge fan of the series. “It’s the greatest show on Earth,” he stated, sharing that he and his wife Lisa Bonet are devoted fans.

There's a Prequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and It's Halloween-Themed

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Everyone knows that the Grinch didn't care much for Christmas, but how did he feel about Halloween? We just learned that he spent All Hallows' Eve terrorizing the fine citizens of Whoville, thanks to Insider, who spotted this lesser-known prequel to How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Titled Halloween is Grinch Night, the short animated movie ran as a television special in October 1977. Although it was designed to be a prequel to the classic Christmas special, Dr. Seuss wrote it 20 years after How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was published in 1957.

The TV special opens with the Whos of Whoville cheerfully going about their business … until they catch a whiff of the "sour sweet wind," which tips them off that the Grinch is coming to town. The word "Halloween" is actually never spoken in the movie; it's replaced by the term "Grinch Night" throughout. Instead of a sleigh, the Grinch descends on the town with a wagon full of monsters pulled by Max. And instead of Cindy-Lou Who coming to the town's rescue, it's a little boy named Euchariah who intervenes.

In addition to the Halloween prequel, another TV special called The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat aired in 1982. Although both of these specials won Emmy Awards, their impact wasn't as long-lasting as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which was adapted into a live-action version starring Jim Carrey in 2000, and again in 2018 with a 3D animated version called The Grinch, with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the title character.

Check out the Halloween-themed prequel in the YouTube video below, or get all three specials on Amazon with the Dr. Seus’s's Holidays on the Loose ultimate edition DVD.

[h/t Insider]

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