James Gandolfini is returning home, albeit under some unlikely circumstances.
“Criminal Justice,” a drama pilot starring the “Sopranos” actor and directed by Oscar winner Steven Zaillian, was shot down by HBO back in February, but now lives again as a seven-part limited series, the network announced on Monday (May 13).
The show is a New York-set crime drama loosely inspired by a 2008 BBC series of the same name. In it, Gandolfini stars as Jack Stone, an ambulance-chasing NYC attorney who get in over his head when he takes on the case of a U.S-born Pakistani man accused of murdering a girl on the Upper West Side.
When HBO originally passed on the project, it gained strong buzz and serious interest from some of the network’s rivals, likely pushing the network to re-consider a way to make it work.