Robert De Niro is set to replace the late James Gandolfini in the seven hour mini-series “Criminal Justice” on HBO. Gandolfini had been developing this remake of the 2008 BBC series before he died in June.
De Niro will play an ambulance-chasing New York lawyer. He soon takes on the case of a Pakistani (Riz Ahmed) who is accused of murdering a girl on New York’s Upper West Side. Kiefer Sutherland and Kate Hudson also star.
Unlike the UK original’s episodic format, this will follow one case over the course of the seven hours. Richard Price penned the script, while the original’s writer and producer Peter Moffat is onboard as executive producer.
Gandolfini filmed the project as a series pilot last year, with HBO rejecting it in February. In May, they changed their mind and revived the idea to be developed as a mini-series. A few weeks later, Gandolfini died.
Gandolfini will remain an executive producer posthumously. Steven Zaillian will helm the first episode, with filming expected to begin in March.