David Chase Says He's Flirting With a 'Sopranos' Prequel — Is He Messing With Us?

Allow me to set the stage: Wednesday night. New York City. Sopranos creator David Chase. A screening and a panel at the Museum of the Moving Image. Questions were asked. If you hoped someone asked him about the show’s intentionally nebulous (and divisive) ending, you’re in luck! If you hoped Chase gave a concrete “here’s exactly what happened to Tony Soprano and here’s what the ending means” answer, you are shit outta. Hoping Chase addressed the possibility of a Sopranos movie? He did. The Daily Beast shared his answer. Here's what he said:

A lot of people have talked to me about it, and frankly I still flirt with the idea sometimes. But if I had a really great way to do it, I would do maybe a prequel. Somebody gave me a book about Newark in the 1920s about gangsters in Newark. That kind of interests me but not enough that I would have done it.

One may read this as a "Hey! This thing might really happen! WOO!" (Or a "Hey! This thing might really happen! BOO," if you don't want a Sopranos movie.)

I read his response as an “eh, I’ve thought about it. Of course I’ve thought about it. But I’m not going to actually do it. I'll say something about a 'maybe prequel' because I know it'll get you all hot and bothered, but that's extent of it." Like he said, he's flirting with the idea. Not dating the idea. Not going steady with the idea. Not married to the idea. Flirting.

If Chase did take things from the "flirt zone" to the "seriously dating" zone (i.e., make a prequel), I’m sure the movie would be nothing short of brilliant. Hi, did you watch The Sopranos? Man is operating on another level. He’s a fucking genius.

That being said, I'd be totally okay with The Sopranos being left alone. We don't need a movie. We don't need a remake. Let the extraordinary series be.