Since The Sopranos ended in 2007, creator David Chase has exactly one credit to his name: Not Fade Away, his rock ‘n’ roll drama starring the late James Gandolfini and Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston. He’s been too busy answering question after question about the series finale to get any actual work done. But Chase’s schedule must have opened up, because he’s reuniting with HBO for the six-part miniseries A Ribbon of Dreams, which follows two of D.W. Griffith’s employees who “form an unlikely producing partnership and together become pioneers and then powers for a time in motion pictures.” Deadline spoke to him about that project, as well as — you guessed it — The Sopranos. Specifically, that oft-rumored prequel.
I’ve had people talk to me about that. I’ve had conversations with some movie studios that want to do it as a film. So far I’ve rejected the idea but I certainly wouldn’t do it as a television show. 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…
Chase also said he liked the Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire series finales, and that’s the only television he watches is CNN and his “friends’ stuff, Terry (Terence Winter) and Matt (Weiner).” He’ll also attend your buddy’s one-man-show, but only if your buddy is Terence Winter or Matthew Weiner.