Six years after the series finale of James Gandolfini‘s The Sopranos, the actor was set to make a return to the HBO with another drama pilot – Criminal Justice.
Last September we heard that Gandolfini is all set to star in a New York-set crime drama, but all of the sudden comes the word that HBO is not moving forward with its high-profile project.
In case you’re not so familiar with Criminal Justice, let us inform you that it’s actually an adaptation of Peter Moffat’s 2008 BBC crime drama of the same name which starred Ben Whishaw.
Written by Oscar nominee Richard Price and directed by Oscar-winning writer Steven Zaillian, HBO’s installment would revolve around the first arc, which centered on a guy who wakes up after a night of partying with a stranger to find her stabbed to death and is charged with her murder.
Gandolfini would have starred as a downtrodden jailhouse attorney named Jack Stone who frequents police stations for clients.
This doesn’t sound bat at all, so I must admit that we’re all surprised with this decision. HBO currently has several new shows in development, but at this moment it’s clear – Criminal Justice is not on the list!
Behind-the-Scenes: James Gandolfini filming HBO Pilot ‘Criminal Justice’