David Chase, James Gandolfini

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David Chase woke up this morning and got himself a movie deal.

The Emmy-winning Sopranos creator has inked a deal with Paramount Pictures to write, direct and produce his first big-screen original drama, the studio announced Thursday.

Unfortunately, for all you Jersey-mob lovers—or obscure-finale haters—out there, there's no indication that the film will be a continuation of the Soprano family saga.

But that doesn't mean Chase, who directed the very first and, eight years later, the very last, episode of the pioneering HBO series, didn't take his Family ties into consideration.

The TV visionary partly attributes his long and fruitful partnership with Sopranos coproducer—and Paramount chairman—Brad Grey for the upcoming step in his career.

"Brad has always been adventurous as a producer and looked for different ways of doing things," Chase said. "I look forward to once again working with him, and now his team. For years, Brad has been a great partner, who helped enable me to do what I need to creatively."

"In truth, David has been creating cinematic-quality filmed drama for more than a decade—spanning nine seasons and 86 episodes of The Sopranos,” Grey added. "Having worked with David as a producer, I'm delighted to be with him again and to bring his unique vision to the big screen."

Chase's writing, producing and directing credits also include the small-screen dramas I'll Fly Away, The Rockford Files and Northern Exposure and the TV movie Off the Minnesota Strip—all Emmy winners and/or nominees.

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