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Thor: The Dark World's Alan Taylor to Direct Sopranos Prequel

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After directing dark elves and Terminators, filmmaker Alan Taylor is returning to his roots with The Sopranos.

Taylor has signed on to direct New Line Cinema's planned movie prequel to the landmark HBO television series The Sopranos. The film is written by series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner, who previously worked with Chase and Taylor on episodes of the universally acclaimed crime drama.

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A prolific television director before transitioning to film, Taylor directed nine episodes of The Sopranos as well as episodes of Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire. Taylor's work on The Sopranos earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama series for the Season 6 episode "Kennedy and Heidi." Since then, he has directed 2013's Thor: The Dark World and 2015's Terminator Genisys.

While there no release date for the upcoming prequel, the film has the reported title The Many Saints of Newark and with several characters from the HBO series set to appear, albeit much younger. Like story is expected to be set in New Jersey at the height of racial tension in Newark in July 1967 which saw widespread riots throughout the city.

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(via Variety)

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