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Exclusive: Warner Bros. Chief Toby Emmerich Wants to Make More “Sopranos” Films, So Does David Chase

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There will be more “Sopranos” movies after “The Many Saints of Newark.” One, two? No one knows yet.

At last night’s swanky party at Tavern on the Green, I asked Warner chief Toby Emmerich about it. He wants to do it. “Sopranos” creator David Chase has already said he’s up for it if Terry Winter, who wrote much of the series, will do it with him. Winter was at the party, was all grins, and told me he’s ready.

Certainly, by the reaction of the audience last night at the Beacon Theater, they could have stayed for another movie chapter, no problem.

“Saints” can only cover so much ground. But it sets up a lot of the character for more story. Vera Farmiga’s Livia, Corey Stoll’s Uncle Junior, and Michael Gandolfini’s Tony are too good to see more of they evolved to the point at which we met them in the TV series. Also, a couple more movies will give the supporting players like Billy Magnussen (Paulie) and John Magaro (Silvio) chances to show off.

Warner Media, New Line, HBO Max, have a winner in “Saints” spin offs. If it could be done with “Sex and the City” and “Downton Abbey,” it can really be pulled off here.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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