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It seemed like we were safe from these rumors when they died out after the series finale of The Sopranos, but all of a sudden they are rising from the depths like some sort of zombie mobster.
Lorraine Bracco, who payed Tony Soprano’s shrink, Dr. Melfi, has been talking about the possibility of a big screen version of the hit television series. The New York Daily News recently asked her about the rumors of the hold up being Tony Soprano himself, James Gandolfini, “I don’t think it’s that at all,” Bracco told the paper, “I think it’s really trying to get the right script. Without the right script, it’s really not worth doing.”
HBO apparently has no comment, but Steve Van Zandt, who played Tony Soprano consigliere Sil, has made some cryptic comments about his character, who was hanging on for life at the end of the series, still being alive. It could just be his own thoughts, or it might have something to do with the rumored script, who knows at this point.
There is no doubt this was a great series, but there is absolutely no where a movie could go that would interest me. It would also completely negate the powerful ending of the series we were left with that allowed the viewer to decide what happened next to Tony. Did he get whacked in the diner? Did he live and go on to run all of Jersey (they never flat out said this was a possibility, but considering how much of the Jersey crews had been whacked, he almost would have to)? Did he just stay with his crew? A film would just feel tacked on to me. What could possibly be accomplished in a two or two and a half hour movie that would improve on this landmark series?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
This would be a complete dice roll, and the odds of hitting something spectacular are pretty slim. So, please, to all the people involved, leave us with those 86 fabulous episodes and call it a day. Even one more minute of footage will totally wash away what we had.