HBO Pulls Plug on James Gandolfini Project

Feb 20, 2013  •  Post A Comment

James Gandolfini’s anticipated prime-time follow-up to “The Sopranos” is dead at HBO. Deadline.com reports that HBO — where Gandolfini made a lasting impression as Tony Soprano — has decided not to move forward with the Gandolfini vehicle "Criminal Justice."

The pay-TV network passed on the drama pilot, which was written by Oscar nominee Richard Price and directed by Oscar-winning writer Steven Zaillian, the story notes. The project, a crime drama set in New York, was roughly based on the 2008 BBC series with the same name.

“The decision comes on the heels of HBO greenlighting Damon Lindelof’s drama ‘Leftovers’ to pilot,” the report notes. “The network also has hourlong pilot ‘Missionary,’ which is still casting, and straight-to-series drama ‘True Detective’ starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey.”


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