Gandolfini's Return to HBO & Other Unfinished Work
By JACKIE WILLIS
June 20, 2013
The Sopranos star James Gandolfini not only left behind his family, friends, fans and peers when he passed away suddenly at age 51 on Wednesday, June 19, he also left some unfinished film and television projects, one of which would have been his return to the premium cable channel that made him a household name, HBO.
Gandolfini, who starred in The Sopranos for six seasons from 1999 to 2007, was to return to television in May for a limited HBO series called Criminal Justice, Deadline reports.
That's not all he had planned with HBO. He was also to star in HBO Films' Bone Wars, which would have back acting alongside his The Incredible Burt Wonderstone co-star Steve Carell.
The late actor also had his hands in executive producing. Just two weeks ago, the trade website reports, CBS gave a "script commitment" for the adaptation of the Canadian comedy Taxi-22, of which Gandolfini was attached to as well. "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," Gandolfini's fellow Taxi-22 executive producer Clark Peterson said.
In addition, he also had several other HBO projects in the works (Big Dead Place, Eating With the Enemy), which is another reason why the network has set up a tribute to the late star. It started as early as Wednesday night, June 19, during the 10 p.m. episode of The Sopranos on HBO Signature. The premium cable network is airing the following message in its telecasts: "HBO mourns the loss of James Gandolfini, a beloved member of the HBO family."