Wow! That is news. Sounds as if the script is complete, but it's strange Chase won't be directing, especially since it's not a series but a feature. Unless there are tacit plans to develop it into a series after a "pilot" feature.
All this makes me wonder what happened to Chase's mini series for HBO called, IRRC, "Ribbon of Dreams" about early Hollywood. I was looking forward to that format and to Chase's take on that era. I thought sure that would be the next major project to hit production with his name on it. Still could be, I suppose, since these things sometimes take years to actually start filming, but I wonder if enthusiasm -- his or HBO's -- waned on that project and led to this Sopranos prequel being written and perhaps moved ahead in the production pipeline.
Tony, his spirits crushed after b-lining to the fridge first thing in the morning: "Who ate the last piece of cake?"