HBO Hasn't Decided on the Future of 'Criminal Justice' Following James Gandolfini's Death
The late James Gandolfini left behind several unfinished business. Following the untimely death of the 51-year-old actor, at least three TV projects are in limbo. One of them is "Criminal Justice", which was supposed to mark his first regular TV role since HBO canceled "The Sopranos" in 2007.
An adaptation the 2008 BBC series of the same title created by Peter Moffat, "Criminal Justice" earned a pilot order from HBO. Gandolfini was set to star as Jack Stone, a downtrodden lawyer who frequently visits police precincts to look for clients. HBO passed on it, but later agreed to give it a go as miniseries.
No episodes were filmed beyond the pilot. A representative for HBO says it's too soon to discuss the future of the show and nothing has been decided yet.
HBO additionally greenlit "Bone Wars", an original movie in which Gandolfini was attached to star alongside Steve Carell. Based on the real-life Bone Wars a.k.a. the Great Dinosaur Rush, they were tapped to play paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and Othniel Charles Marsh of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale, whose race led to the discovery of more than 160 dinosaurs.
Carell hasn't said anything about the project, simply tweeting, "James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man," to express his grief over the death of the "Sopranos" actor.
Gandolfini was also set to executive produce "Taxi-22", which has got a script commitment from CBS. It's described as "a passion project for Gandolfini," who had been developing the show for the past three years.
"Taxi-22" executive producer Clark Peterson tells Deadline that the project remains in development, but it won't be the same without Gandolfini. "We are devastated. He was a great man and a unique embodiment of creativity, humanity, and humility," he states. "I can confirm that the development of 'Taxi-22' will continue, but we'll always be flying in the missing-man formation."
Gandolfini passed away Wednesday, June 19 while on holiday with his son in Rome, Italy. The cause of death has not been revealed, but it's reported that he might suffer a massive heart attack.
In honor of the late actor, Holsten's, an ice cream shop in New Jersey where the final scene of "The Sopranos" was filmed, left a table where Gandolfini's Tony Soprano sat empty with a "reserved" sign.
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