James Gandolfini Lands in a ‘Big Dead Place’ for HBO

Former “Sopranos” star will produce and possibly star in the adaptation of Nicholas Johnson’s memoir about life in the Antarctic

James Gandolfini might want to pack a parka for his next project.

The former "Sopranos" star has landed a deal with HBO for an adaptation of Nicholas Johnson's memoir "Big Dead Place," about working for the U.S. Antarctic Program, and the effects that staying in a remote, frozen area for extended periods of time had on his psyche, HBO confirms to TheWrap.

Gandolfini will co-executive produce with "Breaking Bad" producer Peter Gould. The project, currently in development, is being considered as a starring vehicle for the actor.

As reported earlier, Gandolfini has also acquired the rights to the Robert Egan/Kurt Pitzer book "Eating With the Enemy: How I Waged Peace With North Korea From My BBQ Shack in Hackensack" for development at HBO.

That book details the experiences of a New Jersey restaurant owner who becomes an unlikely, unofficial diplomat to North Korea, after getting involved in POW/MIA issues.

News of the "Big Dead Place" project was first reported by Deadline.