Among the scope of the tragedy that was 'Sopranos' star James Gandolfini's passing in recent months, we had to wonder what would become of Gandolfini's HBO series 'Criminal Justice.' Now, it seems HBO has swapped one legendary Hollywood mobster for another, as Robert De Niro will step in to fill the role first occupied by James Gandolfini to get 'Criminal Justice' on to television.
Once the initial shock of 'Sopranos' star James Gandolfini's tragic passing had set in, questions turned to HBO's upcoming limited series 'Criminal Justice,' whose shot pilot had initially been passed on before the network opted for a smaller order. Now, as HBO speaks at the TCA press tour, Gandolfini's version of the pilot will most likely be re-shot, while other projects from the network will never see the light of day.
Last week brought the shocking and tragic news that 'The Sopranos' star and all-around acclaimed actor James Gandolfini died suddenly of a heart attack while on vacation in Italy with his family. Today in Manhattan, thousands gathered for the funeral service at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, among them celebrities and 'Sopranos' alum, while series creator David Chase delivered a moving eulogy for the actor.
'Sopranos' fans, the entertainment community, and the world at large remain in shock over the tragic passing of actor James Gandolfini, who died earlier today in Italy of an apparent heart attack. The iconic actor had been preparing his return to HBO in the form of UK-adapted drama 'Criminal Justice,' of which a pilot episode had already been shot, but now remains in "limbo" as the pay-cable network mulls a decision on how to proceed.
The late, great James Gandolfini will always be remembered as Tony Soprano -- and it’s unquestionably his best role -- but he was also one of the best character actors in movies. After he exploded on the scene with ‘The Sopranos’ he was asked to do meatier roles in films, but as a television star transitioning into cinema, he often made films that weren’t big hits or didn’t attract much attention
James Gandolfini's passing at the relatively young age of 51 comes at a shock. I hope it isn't too inappropriate to say that the startling news reminds me of the ending of the show with which he'll forever be most closely associated, 'The Sopranos.'
It's the shock of an abrupt cut-to-black, followed by emptiness.
In 2012, Gandolfini gave two outstanding film performances in 'Killing Them Softly' and 'Not Fade Away,' and while neither were widely seen, I was definitely looking forward to a post-'Sopranos' career of wildly divergent and interesting turns from a man who didn't need to make any more money and had the acting chops to take on challenging and unique roles.
Some months ago we were dismayed to learn the 'The Sopranos' star James Gandolfini's upcoming HBO pilot 'Criminal Justice' wouldn't go to series, despite its impressive pedigree and established BBC predecessor. Now, it seems that 'Criminal Justice' will return Gandolfini to HBO after all, moving forward as a limited series! Find out about Tony Soprano's next gig inside!
Sorry folks, but Tony Soprano isn't coming back to HBO just yet. Despite a fairly high-profile project the pay-cable network has officially passed on the James Gandolfini-fronted pilot 'Criminal Justice,' adapted from the 2008 Peter Moffatt BBC crime drama of the same name. Of course, Gandolfini still retains his partnership with the network, having appeared in HBO Pictures' 'Cinema Verite' and executive produced the recent 'Hemingway and Gellhorn' but what about 'Criminal Justice' couldn't HBO get behind?