HBO Passes on James Gandolfini’s Criminal Justice

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Actor James Gandolfini arrives at HBO's New Series 'Newsroom' Los Angeles Premiere at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on June 20, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
Actor James Gandolfini arrives at HBO's New Series 'Newsroom' Los Angeles Premiere at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on June 20, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images

A few months after ordering up a James Gandolfini-starring legal drama called Criminal Justice, HBO has given the pilot a thanks but no thanks. The show was written by Richard Price (The Color Of Money) and directed by Steven Zaillian, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind Schindler's List and Moneyball. Gandolfini played "a disheveled jailhouse lawyer" in the adaptation of a 2008 British series. Meanwhile, HBO recently announced it's moving forward with Damon Lindelof's take on Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers.