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James Gandolfini Returning to HBO for UK-Adapted ‘Criminal Justice’ TV Series

HBO James Gandolfini Criminal Justice
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Don’t count your cannolis just yet, but it seems like HBO might have its most recognizable star Tony Soprano James Gandolfini returning to the cable network that made him an icon. The former ‘Soprano’s’ star has just signed on to become the lead in the pilot episode for ‘Criminal Justice,’ adapted from the 2008 Peter Moffatt BBC crime drama of the same name. However, will Gandolfini stick with the series if HBO decides to pick up the pilot?

Courtesy of Deadline, we’ve learned that Tony Soprano might be moving to New York, if HBO decides to pick up its UK-adapted pilot crime drama ‘Criminal Justice,’ with James Gandolfini in a leading role. Adapted from an award-winning 2008 BBC series, the Americanized ‘Criminal Justice’ would follow Gandolfini as Jack Stone, a “downtrodden jailhouse attorney who frequents police stations for clients.” In his search, he encounters Naz (Rizwan Ahmed), an American-born Pakistani with no memory of his accused crime of stabbing to death a young woman he’d met.

Shooting this November, the pilot also co-stars Bill Camp as Box, Peyman Moadi as Salim Kahn and Poorna Jagannathan as Safar Kahn, Naz’s parents. ‘Schindler’s List’ Oscar-winning writer Steven Zaillian will both direct and co-write the pilot, with Oscar-nominee Richard Price on board to co-write as well. HBO will executive produce the project in association with BBC Worldwide, along with Zaillian, Price, Jane Tranter, Moffat, Nancy Sanders, Mark Armstrong and Gandolfini himself.

Unlike the the original BBC series, which ran for two five-episode seasons, the series would keep on with James Gandolfini across multiple seasons instead of hiring a new cast.

What say you? Would you be happy to have Tony Soprano James Gandolfini back on HBO? Does ‘Criminal Justice’ sound like it could reach the same heights as ‘The Sopranos’? Give us your take in the comments!

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