I have to assume David Chase is an extremely smart man. At the very least, extremely creative. The man that brought the Sopranos to the world, and then took it out of the world in the “worst way evr!!!11!” (quote taken from the internet) has to have some grasp on who he is, and what he’s doing.
Which is why, after my initial excitement over anything David Chase says pertaining to a possible Sopranos return to my eyeballs, I realize that at this point David Chase is just trolling us all. Remember when he hinted in like a three word sentence that amounted to “sure, whatever,” that Tony Soprano was still alive? And then the world literally ended for a day? He immediately took it back, but I like to imagine he greatly enjoyed the reaction.
Now, the world is alight with the possibility of a Sopranos prequel? Why? Because in a sit down with the Associated Press, someone asked if he’d be intrigued by that idea, and he basically said “sure I’d be.” Then Mr. Chase, who again is extremely creative, said “I’d do it like this and this and this.”
Here’s the full quote:
“Even if I did it, it wouldn’t be ‘The Sopranos’ that was on the air — obviously at least one person is gone that we would need. There are a couple of eras that would be interesting for me to talk about, about Newark, N.J. One would be (the) late ‘60s, early ‘70s, about all the racial animosity, or the beginning, the really true beginning of the flood of drugs.”
Um, thanks for signing that binding legal contract and offering your first draft of a script in that interview, Mr. Chase. Def happening. But seriously, I think David Chase knows what he’s doing now. All he has to do is offer a sliver of hope and he becomes the most famous person on Earth for at least a day.
For anyone who thinks all this means I wouldn’t want a Sopranos prequel, uh duh I’d want a Sopranos sequel. Look at my byline. I would take literally any part of that world again. I would watch Satriale’s Pork Store being opened for the first time. I would watch Furio’s discovery as a young man in Italy that yes, he could probably pull off a ponytail.
But I think David Chase is done with that world. I’d love to be wrong, but I think we should let The Sopranos go out like it did originally, abruptly and surrounded by stubborn rage. Here’s a little something to help.