David Chase’s Next HBO Project Isn’t A History Of Hollywood (Oh, And Don’t Expect More SOPRANOS)
Real talk: I hope we never see new episodes of The Sopranos, a Sopranos movie, a Sopranos prequel, or a Sopranos video game (Va fungool). David Chase's all-timer HBO series gave us everything it had to give, it ended on the perfect note, and it deserves to be preserved in its singularity. I know we all miss those Sunday nights - I used to host viewing parties at my place! Goddamn, those were good times - but they are over now, and we need to move on.
We also need to move on from asking David Chase if he's going to do more Sopranos. It's a question he's still getting asked on the regular. Just look at this response, from a recent interview with Deadline Hollywood (as reported by IndieWire). You can practically hear him sighing his way through it:
"I’m always disinclined to say, 'No I’ll never do it.' But I think I’ll never do it. I’m disinclined to say that because I don’t want my thinking to be constrained. I’ve said it from the beginning: If I had a really good idea and I thought it could be really entertaining and it wouldn’t upset what was done I might do it. But so far…"
My dude sounds weary and disinterested. Let's stop asking him about this, lest it drive him crazy enough to believe that a Sopranos prequel, sequel, rebootquel, or sidequel is something that he should actually do, if only to still our incessant fanboy tongues. Just rewatch the series if you miss these characters (personal note: I just completed a Sopranos rewatch with my wife last year, and it's just as brilliant and devastating as you remember it to be).
Elsewhere in the same interview, Chase clears up some details about his next project with HBO, a six-hour miniseries called A Ribbon Of Dreams. The project was initially described as a history of Tinseltown, but Chase says that isn't quite right:
"It was reported as kind of a history of Hollywood which it really is not, or at least that’s not what it morphed into. I decided that we didn’t really need a fictitious history of Hollywood because there’s so many real documentaries that you could never capture the scope in a scripted piece. But it’s really about three people who go through their lives in Hollywood and Hollywood isn’t the backdrop, it’s actually the environment and it doesn’t cover everything about Hollywood that ever happened."
So the history of Hollywood's the backdrop, not the focal point. I can get onboard with that. Here's hoping Chase finishes out the writing of A Ribbon Of Dreams without too much interference from HBO (something he says has crept in since his years working on The Sopranos). I love the sound of this thing, and wanna see it make it to air.
Stay tuned for developments on this one as they come in, probably via a two-year drip feed.