OK, so maybe a a pilot order and commitment from former Sopranos star James Gandolfini was enough to Criminal Justice off the ground at HBO. A little over two months after passing on the project, the premium cable network has reportedly opted to pick up the show after all, in the form of a limited series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series is an adaptation of BBC's 2008 show of the same name, and will chronicle "the journey of a person charged with murder through the justice system, and each featuring new characters and cast." Gandolfini will portray a Jack Stone, a jailhouse attorney who hangs out at police stations looking for clients. HBO has ordered seven episodes, which will be written by Oscar-nominated writer Richard Price.
So, why the change of heart? Apparently, when HBO passed on the project, it garnered a ton of buzz, and "heavy interest" from rival networks. It may not be a Sopranos reunion, but it's something!
[via The Hollywood Reporter]