Sopranos Remake Hoax: No, Val Kilmer; ‘Begins Production, Cast Revealed’ Article Fake

December 31, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Sopranos won’t be coming back as a remake, but a viral story published on a satirical website is confusing many.

The bogus article was posted on National Report, which describes itself as satire. The website took down its disclaimer months ago.

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The hoax Sopranos article claimed Val Kilmer would take the role as Tony Soprano.

The bunk report had tens of thousands of shares on Facebook. On Twitter, there was confusion.

“The Sopranos is being remade? Why can’t Hollywood do something original for a change? Everything these days is a franchise, reboot or remake,” said one.

Wrote another, “I can believe they are remaking the sopranos. You can’t remake a classic like that, especially without James Gandolfini.”

Here’s what the National Report article, in part, said:

A fall 2015 remake of the HBO series The Sopranos has begun production with actor Val Kilmer cast as mob boss Tony Soprano, according to television industry insiders. Kilmer, known for 1995’s Batman Forever and director Oliver Stone’s 1991 rock biopic The Doors is confident that The Sopranos II, an eight-part miniseries, will add new fans to the millions who remain devoted to the original.

The Sopranos became one of television’s most successful programs during its six-season run; famously ending in 2007 with a still discussed and hotly debated ten-second blackout, which sent viewers scrambling to adjust their sets and check their cable connections. The late actor James Gandolfini portrayed New Jersey family man and mob boss Tony Soprano, constantly pulled in several directions by two families – his own, and the organized crime family he led.