“Sopranos” prequel heading for big screen, “Terminator” reboot casts its leading lady

Getty Images/Photo by HBO(HOLLYWOOD) — There’s movie news involving a beloved TV series and a beloved sci-fi movie franchise.

Variety reports that a movie prequel to HBO’s The Sopranos is currently in development.  The screenplay will be co-written by David Chase, who created the series.  It’s tentatively titled The Many Saints of Newark, a reference to the Newark, NJ riots of the 1960s, when tension between that city’s African-American and Italian communities reached a boiling point.


It’s not known if the prequel will feature younger versions of the Sopranos characters who appeared on the Emmy-winning TV series, which ran from 1999-2007.


Meanwhile, Variety reports that Mackenzie Davis is in talks to join the cast of the new Terminator movie, which will be produced by James Cameron.  Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzeneggar are also returning for the film, which will arrive in theaters July 26, 2019.  Cameron has said the film will be a sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. 


Insiders tell Variety that Davis will be the “face” of the latest reboot of franchise, in the same way that Linda Davis’ Sarah Connor was in the first two Terminator films.  Davis is best known for playing Cameron Howe in Halt and Catch Fire, and Yorkie in the award-winning Black Mirror episode “San Junipero.”  She’s also been in Blade Runner 2049 and The Martian.


The most recent Terminator film, Terminator Genisys, came out in 2015; Cameron was not involved.  It was a box office success, but was poorly received by critics. 

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