HBOWatch has mentioned the work known as CRIMINAL JUSTICE in nearly a dozen posts now since it was announced in 2012. Its biggest news to date is that somewhere along the way the project got a title change. The eight hour miniseries now has the simple title of CRIME. In a quick recap, if you aren’t going to peruse the prior posts, remember that this work was planned as a series for James Gandolfini, but HBO killed the idea. Then they brought it back as a “limited series” order. Mr. G. had a pilot episode shot before he died while on vacation. Then Robert De Niro stepped into the role of the “ambulance-chasing kind of lawyer” and the work was considered a miniseries, but De Niro bowed out and John Tuturro stepped into the lead role of Jack Stone.
It seems that HBO and executive producer Steven Zaillian, despite the all the changes, are determined to get this CRIME story to air. It will examine one crime that will serve as an example of the kind of crimes that happen in the big city of NYC. Attorney Stone gets in over his head when he takes on the case of a Pakistani accused of murder. Previously attached to the project alongside Tuturro are Riz Ahmed (pictured) as the accused Nasir Khan and in undefined roles Bill Camp, Payman Moaadi and Poorna Jagannathan.
Just recently added are four more players. Michael Kenneth Williams, an HBO favorite from THE WIRE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE and the upcoming BESSIE, will appear as Freddy a NYC gang boss holding power in Rikers Island. Also on board are Glenne Headly (Monk and HBO’s THE BAND PLAYED ON) as attorney Allison, who specializes in high-profile cases; Amara Karan, who plays a younger, less experienced attorney on the case named Chandra and Jeannie Berlin who plays Helen on the case from the DA’s office.
Together all these players wend their way through the crime as it will play out in the future miniseries. Now that it is back on the radar we will keep an eye out for it. It is CRIME (formerly known as CRIMINAL JUSTICE).