HBO Passes on James Gandolfini Pilot ‘Criminal Justice’

by | February 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM | TV News

James Gandolfini (Photo: Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

UPDATE: James Gandolfini’s return to HBO has been put on ice. The network has opted to pass on “The Sopranos” star’s “Criminal Justice,” months after ordering the pilot, reports Deadline.

The crime drama, written by Oscar-nominee Richard Price (“The Color Of Money”) and directed by Oscar-winning writer Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List”), would have starred Gandolfini as a disheveled jailhouse lawyer who trolls New York police precincts for clients.

Meanwhile, HBO recently announced it will move forward with Damon Lindelof’s (“Lost”) pilot, “The Leftovers.”

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Every time he tries to get out, they pull him back in.

James Gandolfini is back in business with HBO. The network has ordered a new pilot starring the former “Sopranos” boss, according to Deadline.

Gandolfini will have a starring role in “Criminal Justice,” a New York City crime drama based on the 2008 BBC series of the same name. He’ll play Jack Stone, “a disheveled jailhouse lawyer wearing cheap suits and sandals, who trolls for clients at police precincts.”

The format of the original series chronicled the journey of a person charged with murder as they move through the justice system, with each season featuring a new set of cast and characters.

The pilot will shoot this fall in New York, and it will be co-written by Oscar-winning writer Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List”) and Oscar nominee Richard Price (“The Color Of Money”).

In addition to his Emmy-winning six-season run in the mob drama “The Sopranos,” Gandolfini has starred in the HBO film “Cinema Verite” and served as executive producer of the biopic “Hemingway & Gellhorn” starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman.

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