The Sopranos' James Gandolfini to Seek Criminal Justice as Star of HBO Pilot

Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini will argue the law instead of flout it as the star of Criminal Justice, a well-pedigreed drama pilot just greenlit by his Sopranos home, HBO.

Co-written by Oscar winner Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List) and Richard Price (The Color Of Money) and loosely based on the BBC series of the same name, Criminal Justice chronicles the journey of a person charged with murder through the New York City justice system.

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Per our sister site Deadline, HBO’s version will follow an American-born Pakistani cab driver (played by Riz Ahmed) who after a night of partying wakes to find a girl stabbed to death in his bed. Gandolfini will play Jack Stone, a low-rent jailhouse lawyer who appoints himself the lad’s attorney after finding him in a holding cell.

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Gandolfini will also serve as an executive producer on the project, which is set to start filming this fall in New York City.

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  1. Jason says:

    Nice recovery, HBO. In my opinion, this sounds better than ‘Luck’ or ‘The Corrections’.

  2. Mark says:

    It sounds fun especially if James is like Danny Devito’s character in that Matt Damon movie with Claire Danes.

  3. Mena says:

    “Loosely?” That was the season with Ben Wishaw. I know they’ll change it a lot, but loosely is not the term I’d use. I just don’t understand why they have to make the US version of UK series, what’s next? Downton Abbey USA?

  4. Sherlock Mandango says:

    “American-born Pakistani”? So, he’s American? Or was he born in the United States of America, then emigrated to Pakistan? If so, why’s he working in NYC? I’m confused.

    • jvstice56 says:

      Means he was born in the US, but lived in Pakistan. Anyone that has X-born Y means they were born in X but lived in Y for a majority of their childhood. Nicole Kidman is a perfect example of it. She’s American by birth, but Australian by nationality.

  5. FILM GUY says:

    jvstice56 – Im not sure that’s correct. Im pretty sure it means his family is from Pakistan and he was born in America. They just used his race as a descriptor. If they just said Pakistani cab driver in NY, you would think he was FROM Pakistan. This lets us know he IS Pakistani, but he was born in the US. Ya know, so people care about him.

  6. Criminal Justice has my attention, when is this scheduled to air? I practice criminal justice in Arizona and although I deal mostly with Mesa DUI’s I am always intrigued how people view my profession.