The HBO network has picked up the seven-part limited series entitled Criminal Justice, starring James Gandolfini of ‘Sopranos’ fame. According to Deadine, the drama will feature Gandolfini as a New York City attorney who gets in deep when he attempts to defend a Pakistani (Riz Ahmed) accused of killing a girl on the Upper West Side. Actors Bill Camp (Lincoln), Payman Maadi (A Separation) and Poorna Jagannathan will join Gandolfini in the drama set to be directed by Steven Zaillian.
The drama comes from writer Richard Price who has revamped the pilot that was once created as a drama series, but will now be produced as a limited production to benefit the narrative. ‘Criminal Justice’ is said to be loosely inspired by Peter Moffat’s 2008 BBC series of the same name. HBO and BBC Worldwide Prods is slated to produce the project with BBC Worldwide’s Jane Tranter on board to executive produce with Zaillian, Price, Moffat, Gandolfini, Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders.
Gandolfini brings with him credits that include ‘Killing Them Softly’, ‘Where The Wild Things Are’, ‘Cinema Verite’, ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’, ‘Zero Dark thirty’, ‘Down the Shore’, ‘Welcome to the Rileys’, ‘All the King’s Men’ and the thriller ‘The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3′.