After all those years of being mobbed up for HBO, "The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini is tackling the justice system from another angle.
HBO has given the greenlight to the pilot "Criminal Justice," which will air as a seven-hour limited series. Gandolfini will star in the series, which is described as a "New York City crime drama."
Based on the BBC series of the same title, the HBO series is being produced by the premium cable channel in association with BBC Worldwide Productions.
Peter Moffat, who created the BBC series, will executive produce, as will Gandolfini, Jane Tranter, Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders. Garrett Basch will produce.
"Schindler's List" writer Steven Zaillian is co-writing the series with Richard Price ("The Wire"), and will also direct. Both are executive producing.
In addition to Gandolfini, "Four Lions" actor Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp ("Lawless"), Payman Maadi and Poorna Jagannathan are also among the cast.