Gandolfini will join Riz Ahmed in the bland-it-needs-a-title-change "Criminal Justice." A remake of the 2008 BBC series that starred Ben Whishaw, the project will boast a script from writers Steve Zaillian ("The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") and Richard Price ("Clockers"), and the story will follow "a man who takes his father’s cab for a drive and picks up a party girl who takes him to her apartment for a drunken and drug-filled night out. When he wakes up in the morning, Ben finds the girl stabbed to death and, though he can’t remember committing the crime, he is soon charged with it." Ahmed will play the American-born, Pakistani young man while Gandolfini will be his "disheveled" (lol) jailhouse, Lionel Hutz-style lawyer.
Needless to say, this sounds kind of awesome and is ripe with potential, so let's hope it gets past pilot to series. Certainly, there is some great talent here, and being guaranteed Gandolfini on a weekly basis is something we'd definitely welcome. [Deadline]