September 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm #303087
Robert De Niro Succeeds James Gandolfini In HBO Miniseries ‘Criminal Justice’
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 1:45pm PDT
EXCLUSIVE: HBO is carrying on James Gandolfini’s legacy with Criminal Justice. Oscar winner Robert De Niro has stepped in to take over the role originally played by the beloved Sopranos star in the pilot. De Niro is attached to act in Criminal Justice, a seven-hour miniseries, with Gandolfini remaining an executive producer posthumously. (HBO previously greenlighted Criminal Justice with Gandolfini as a seven-part limited series in May). Steven Zaillian, who has been shepherding the project for over four years, is set to direct the first hour. Richard Price wrote Criminal Justice based on the BBC series created by Peter Moffat. On the mini, produced by HBO in association with BBC Worldwide Prods., Film Rites and Tribeca Films, De Niro joins originally cast Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Payman Maadi and Poorna Jagannathan. Production is eyed to begin in March.
It was unclear in the immediate aftermath of Gandolfini’s untimely June death in Rome whether HBO would proceed with Criminal Justice. But because Gandolfini had been so committed and passionate about the project, which he was getting ready to start filming upon his return from Rome, the network and Zaillian began exploring ways to do Criminal Justice in his honor. The New York crime story centers on an ambulance-chasing New York City attorney, the role originally played by Gandolfini, who gets in over-his-head when he takes on the case of a Pakistani (Ahmed) accused of murdering a girl on the Upper West Side. While the lawyer part is central to the overall story, in the pilot the character only appears in the final scene. That led to discussions between HBO and Zaillian about recasting the part, not an easy task as I hear the network and Zaillian were looking for a great actor whom Gandolfini would have wanted for the role and who would honor Gandolfini’s memory with his performance. I hear their list consisted of one name only, Robert De Niro, who responded and came on board.
Criminal Justice is executive produced by Gandolfini, Zaillian, Price, Moffat, BBC Worldwide’s Jane Tranter and Tribeca’s Jane Rosenthal, with Film Rites’ Garrett Basch and Attaboy’s Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders serving as co-executive producers and Berry Welsh as co-producer.September 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm #303089
But who will succeed him in HBO movie Bone Wars opposite Steve Carell?September 25, 2013 at 3:24 pm #303090
^ I expect they’ll announce that in the near future. Maybe Al Pacino?September 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm #303091
I could see this winning Movie/Mini easily (as well as being a great miniseries).September 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm #303092
Fantastic, can’t wait to check this one.September 25, 2013 at 11:41 pm #303093
Has DeNiro ever won an Emmy? (I know if he’s never won or been nominated in a major category, but did he perhaps win as a producer or something?)September 26, 2013 at 12:17 am #303094
^ No, he doesn’t have an Emmy.September 26, 2013 at 7:21 am #303095
Interesting. In regards to the one with Steve Carrell, I kinda hope it’s Al Pacino. That would be all kinds of awesome to see them on screen together.September 26, 2013 at 7:30 am #303096
Nice replacement choice with Robert DeNiro. He’s trying again!September 26, 2013 at 8:01 am #303097
So much for their ain’t shit antics guise as paying respects to James by saying we can’t go on. HBO is a business so the show has to go on. Robert had his moment with “Silver Linings Playbook”, but I want to know who read his palms and told him lies about him being able to pull off a role meant for a younger actor?September 26, 2013 at 9:43 am #303098
I don’t think the role is age-specific, so Robert De Niro will definitely pull it off. This could be his best performance in years. Good job replacing The Sopranos actor with the Goodfellas actor!September 26, 2013 at 10:20 am #303099
Deniro replacing Gandolfini is an interesting casting choice and could make for great television. Deniro has been making better character choices lately, which could benefit the mini-series. The Movie/minii-series actor category will be extremely competitive next year. Ruffalo, McConaughey and Deniro all have high profile roles that are coming from HBO, all could certainly be strong contenders.April 28, 2016 at 5:33 pm #1201822462
After being renamed Crime, this is now titled The Night Of, maybe to avoid confusion with American Crime Story and American Crime. It will finally premiere after four years in development on July 10th at nine o’clock with an extended ninety-minute premiere. Here is the HBO press release:
The eight-part HBO limited series production THE NIGHT OF, created by Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List,” “American Gangster”) and Richard Price (“The Color of Money,” HBO’s “The Wire”), will debut this summer, exclusively on HBO. Starring John Turturro (“Fading Gigolo,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) and Riz Ahmed (“Nightcrawler”), and directed by Steven Zaillian from teleplays by Price and Zaillian, the limited series delves into the intricacies of a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones. The story examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and the feral purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused await trial for felony crimes.
THE NIGHT OF is executive produced by Steven Zaillian, Richard Price, Jane Tranter (HBO’s “Getting On” and “Rome”), James Gandolfini (HBO’s “Wartorn: 1861-2010” and “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq”) and Peter Moffat (“Criminal Justice,” HBO’s “Einstein and Eddington”); co-executive produced by Garrett Basch (“Life Itself”), Nancy Sanders (HBO’s “Hemingway & Gellhorn”) and Mark Armstrong (“Hemingway & Gellhorn”). Mark A. Baker (“Damages”) produced part 1; Scott Ferguson (HBO’s “The Normal Heart”) produced parts 2-8. Steven Zaillian directed parts 1-3 and 5-8; James Marsh (“The Theory of Everything”) directed part 4.
The limited series’ ensemble cast includes Michael Kenneth Williams (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and “Bessie”), Bill Camp (“12 Years a Slave,” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”), Jeannie Berlin (“Inherent Vice”), Poorna Jagannathan (“Thanks for Sharing”), Payman Maadi (“A Separation”), Glenne Headly (“Don Jon,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”), Amara Karan (“The Darjeeling Limited”), Sofia Black-D’Elia (“The Immigrant”), Paul Sparks (“Mud,” HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Ben Shenkman (“Royal Pains,” HBO’s “Angels in America”), Afton Williamson (CINEMAX’s “Banshee”), Paulo Costanzo (“Road Trip”), Ned Eisenberg (“Last Man Standing”), Mohammad Bakri (“Laila’s Birthday”), Nabil Elouahabi (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Ashley Thomas (“The Man Inside”), Glenn Fleshler (“A Most Violent Year”), Chip Zien (“United 93”) and Max Casella (HBO’s “Vinyl,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”).
THE NIGHT OF was filmed in and around Manhattan; based on the BBC series “Criminal Justice,” created by Peter Moffat. The film is produced by Filmrights and BBC Worldwide Productions for HBO.
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