James Gandolfini’s return to series TV on HBO won’t be happening anytime soon as the network has decided not to move ahead with the drama pilot “Criminal Justice.”
The Hollywood Reporter has the news about the project, which would have seen Emmy winning “Sopranos” star Gandolfini heading up an adaptation of a 2008 BBC series. Steven Zaillian (“Moneyball”) was on board to direct and co-write with Richard Price (“The Color of Money”).
Gandolfini has kept close ties with HBO since the infamous 2007 series finale of “The Sopranos.” He co-starred in the network’s original movie “Cinema Verite” and executive produced the documentary “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq” and movie “Hemingway and Gelhorn.”
Gandolfini remains busy in the film world as well, most recently appearing in the fall 2012 releases “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Not Fade Away” and “Killing Them Softly” and soon to be seen in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” opposite Steve Carell and an untitled film from director Nicole Holofcener starring Julia Louis-Dreyfuss.