Shortly before his untimely death, James Gandolfini was poised to make a return to HBO in the limited series Criminal Justice. The actor’s passion project was put in limbo after he passed, but HBO has now found a way to move forward with the miniseries and honor Gandolfini’s legacy. Creator/producer Steven Zaillian and HBO worked hard to find a replacement that would befit a man of Gandolfini’s talent, and now that Robert De Niro has agreed to take over the role. The crime story takes place in New York City and revolves around an ambulance-chasing attorney who gets in over his head when he takes on the case of a Pakistani accused of murdering a girl on the Upper West Side. Hit the jump for more.
Director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) is reported circling the director’s chair for Child 44, an adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith novel. The first book in a trilogy (followed by The Secret Speech and Agent 6) was adapted by the Oscar-nominated Richard Price (The Color of Money). Child 44 centers on Leo Demidov, a security officer in Stalin’s Soviet Union who finds himself demoted and exiled while investigating a string of murders. It’s a taut, gripping tale with an unexpected climax that should be perfectly suited for the big screen. Hit the jump for more on Child 44.
If you were worried that there wouldn’t be any new police dramas hitting networks next season, then you obviously haven’t been watching television at any time in its history. There are always multiple police dramas every season, and another one will be competing for viewers attention soon enough: THR reports CBS has made a script deal for Rookies, a series following a team of six freshman cops who are sent into high-crime trouble spots. Robert De Niro is behind the series via his Tribeca Productions bannerm and will executive produce alongside Richard Price, who previously worked on the hit series The Wire. The question is whether or not CBS audiences will want another crime procedural in the line-up alongside Criminal Minds and The Mentalist. Personally, I’d take a police drama from De Niro and Price over any of CBS’ current programming any day of the week. Stay tuned as this project develops.
Henry Cavill (The Tudors) has signed on to star in the kidnapping thriller The Cold Light of Day, with JCVD director Mabrouk El Melchri at the helm. According to Heat Vision, the story centers on “a cocky young Wall Street trader who reluctantly vacations with his family in Spain. When his family is kidnapped, he is thrust into a government conspiracy and must unravel his father’s darkest secret in order to save his loved ones.”
Richard Price (The Wire) is currently in the middle of polishing the script from Scott Wiper and John Petro. Summit Entertainment and Intrepid Pictures are teaming to produce Cold Light, which is scheduled to commence production in Spain in September.