James Gandolfini: What happens to his unfinished projects?

By Daniel S Levine,

Even though The Sopranos ended in 2007, James Gandolfini never stopped acting. At the moment of his shocking death on Wednesday, the acclaimed actor had several projects in the works. While the focus in Hollywood right now is on mourning the loss of the actor, these projects are now in limbo. Here is a run-down of the projects Gandolfini was working on.

Back in September 2012, we heard about Criminal Justice, a pilot that HBO had ordered that would star Gandolfini. Steven Zaillian, the Oscar-winning writer of Schindler’s List, wrote the pilot with Richard Price and signed to direct. It was based on Peter Moffatt’s BBC series. Gandolfini would play Jack Stone, a jailhouse attorney who searches police stations for clients.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO had passed on the pilot at first, but decided to order seven episodes in May. The network opted to retool it as a miniseries. A rep for HBO said that it was too soon to say what would happen with the project.

Gandolfini starred in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Steve Carell earlier this year, but that film will not be the last time we’ll see him on the big screen. He completed filming on Fox Searchlight’s Animal Rescue, which stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. The distributor is aiming for a 2014 release.

In a statement to The Wrap, director Michael Roskam said, “It was such an honor to work with Mr Gandolfini and nothing but a pleasure to see him perform. He was one of the greatest. I'm so sad and thinking about his family. I wanted to make him proud with the movie we made together and now it will be in his loving memory.”

According to Deadline, one of the most recent projects Gandolfini signed on to do was Bone Wars, an HBO Films movie that would have him and Carell play dueling post-Civil War paleontologists. No script had been completed on that project. THR notes that HBO Films and Gandolfini were also working on Eating With the Enemy: How I Waged Peace With North Korea From My BBQ Shack in Hackensack.

Finally, Gandolfini was going to executive produce Taxi-22, a CBS adaptation of a French-Canadian comedy. “We are devastated. He was a great man and a unique embodiment of creativity, humanity, and humility. I can confirm that the development of Taxi-22 will continue, but we’ll always be flying in the missing-man formation,” executive producer Clark Peterson told Deadline.

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