According to IMDb, David Chase has not been very busy since his hit HBO show “The Sopranos” concluded five years ago. This is probably because he has been contemplating how one can possiby follow up one of the most critically acclaimed television series of all-time. He smartly avoids attempting to create another series and instead makes the jump from the small screen to the cinema.
The feature film directorial debut from David Chase is Not Fade Away, a 1960s set coming-of-age drama about an up and coming rock band that was inspired by a television performance of The Rolling Stones. The group, called The Twylight Zones, attempts to escape their suburban New Jersey neighborhood to make it big in larger cities. The film features James Gandolfini, whose career has been defined by Chase, as one of the band member’s fathers. The film also features John Magaro, Bella Heathcote, Brad Garrett, Jack Huston, and Christopher McDonald.
The film’s first official trailer premiered online today and we have it below courtesy of First Showing. It looks like a pretty standard period music drama, but it is good to see Gandolfini in a major role again. The movie marketing is going to heavily play up the “Sopranos” connection and one of the first glimpses in the trailer is the title card “Creator of The Sopranos” followed shortly thereafter by a shot of Gandolfini. There is no way the film can live up to the expectations placed on it by the die-hard fans of Chase’s series, but I do hope that it succeeds.
Duncan is currently seeing the film at the New York Film Festival. Expect to read his review later today.
What do you think of the trailer for Not Fade Away?
Not Fade Away will be in theatres in the U.S. on December 21, 2012.