HBO is developing a new star vehicle for James Gandolfini, reports Deadline.com. The new project is a series called "Big Dead Place," a comedic drama based on a memoir by Nicholas Johnson about working for the U.S. Antarctic Program.
The pay-cable net has tapped "Breaking Bad" writer-producer Peter Gould to write the series adaptation, which takes a look at what the report calls "the fear and loathing, arrogance and insanity of the people living and working the last untamed frontier on the planet — the research base at McMurdo Station, Antarctica."
HBO has been seeking a new series vehicle for Gandolfini since the end of "The Sopranos," the story points out. Gandolfini is executive producing along with Gould, Mosaic’s Jimmy Miller, Gandolfini’s managers Nancy Sanders & Mark Armstrong and actor-writer Brian Swibel, with Sam Hansen serving as co-executive producer.