David Chase gave Sopranos fans reason to dream this week by admitting he is ‘intrigued’ by the idea of writing a spin-off series from the show.
Speaking to Associated Press, the 69-year-old said the death of James Gandolfini last year means that the show would most likely be set in a period before the original’s 1999-2007 storyline.
“It wouldn’t be The Sopranos that was on the air,” he said.
“There are a couple of eras that would be interesting for me to talk about, about Newark, New Jersey.
“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.”
Since creating and concluding the greatest TV show of all time, Chase has released a feature film (2012’s coming-of-age story Not Fade Away) and is currently developing a HBO mini-series called A Ribbon Of Dreams, which will follow an unlikely partnership between a engineer and a cowboy in 1913.
But it's the idea of spending more time with the Sopranos that will excite fans the most. Will we see Uncle June as a young man? Tony's Father? Or how about a pre-wings Paulie? Let's hope we one day get to find out.