Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa spent much of the pandemic reliving The Sopranos about their addiction Talking Sopranos podcast, and it seems one guest particularly enjoyed their chemistry: Soprano creator David Chase is reportedly working on a new project for the couple.
Imperioli spoke to The New York Times for a profile related to his upcoming HBO appearance The White Lotus. Imperioli will play a Hollywood bigwig with impulse control issues. It has some similarities to his acclaimed role on The Sopranos as Chrisopher Moltisanti, a New Jersey mob hothead with Hollywood ambitions. Imperioli is also headlining the next Hulu The idiotin which he will play, according to the Time“a Unitarian cleric with a messianic bent and a penis of debilitating size.”
Imperioli also caused a stir on the big screen last year with a [SPOILER ALERT] very surprise appearance in The Many Saints of Newarkwhich featured a shock voice-over from the grave, performed by Imperioli, reprising the role of Christopher. [END SPOILER ALERT]. The film mainly focused on the Moltisanti family for whom the film is named, in particular Christopher’s father, Dickie Moltisanti, played by Alessandro Nivola.
Maybe Imperioli’s charming back and forth with Schirripa reminded everyone in Hollywood just how good he is and brought some high-profile deals? If nothing else, it inspired Chase, who co-wrote The Many Saints of Newark and publicly floated the idea of more Soprano ramifications. There is no word on what the new project is – the Time only parenthetically mentions that Chase is “writing a new project for Imperioli and Schirripa”. What it’s all about is anyone’s guess.
Could the new project have a Soprano link? Maybe it’s a flashback, a “bottle episode” feature involving Christopher d’Imperioli and Bobby Bacala de Schirripa? This part is pure speculation, but a Christopher and Bobby reunion seems unlikely. [ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT] — unless it takes place in the afterlife, or there is a slight Irish-style of aging involved. Both Imperioli and Schirripa are 15 years older than they were on the show, in which they didn’t interact much, although they had a lot of common grievances. Both Christopher and Bobby were part of Tony Soprano’s actual mob and families, in different capacities, as well as in his towering shadow. And both clashed with Tony, played by the late James Gandolfini, in tragic fashion.
The Many Saints of Newark ends in a way that could easily set up another prequel to Tony Soprano’s life before The Sopranos. But given that young Tony is played by James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini, any such film involving Christopher and Bobby would have to bring in younger actors for their roles as well.
So it looks like we’re getting a new project from David Chase featuring two actors we love, Michael Imperiolo and Steve Schirripa, and we’re beyond thrilled.
Main image: Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa on The Sopranos.