Among the many losses to occur following actor James Gandolfini's death, HBO opted to move forward with its 'Criminal Justice' miniseries with Robert De Niro stepping into Gandolfini's leading role. Now, even more change is afoot as De Niro exited production and will in fact be replaced by 'Transformers' franchise star John Turturro.
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.
'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.
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?
Don't count your cannolis just yet, but it seems like HBO might have its most recognizable star
Tony Soprano James Gandolfini returning to the cable network that made him an icon. The former 'Soprano's' star has just signed on to become the lead in the pilot episode for 'Criminal Justice,' adapted from the 2008 Peter Moffatt BBC crime drama of the same name. However, will Gandolfini stick with the series if HBO decides to pick up the pilot?