HBO has now offered up a press release regarding the upcoming limited series THE NIGHT OF. That is the work that was a pet project post-SOPRANOS for the late James Gandolfini and now has evolved into a eight episode piece for John Turturro. We caught a glimpse of it in the Winter Preview from a few weeks ago so we knew it had to make the schedule sooner or later. It has taken a long time to gestate with all the changes in lead role and titles, but now it is about to make to air, though no definite airdate is given yet. Here is the official Press Release:
JOHN TURTURRO AND RIZ AHMED STAR IN THE EIGHT-PART
HBO LIMITED SERIES THE NIGHT OF, DEBUTING THIS SUMMER
Created By Steven Zaillian And Richard Price;
Directed By Steven Zaillian From Teleplays By Richard Price And Steven Zaillian
Executive Produced By Steven Zaillian, Richard Price,
Jane Tranter, James Gandolfini, Peter Moffat
Co-Executive Produced By Garrett Basch, Nancy Sanders And Mark Armstrong;
Produced By Mark A. Baker And Scott Ferguson
The eight-part HBO limited series production THE NIGHT OF, created by Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, American Gangster) and Richard Price ( HBO’s THE WIRE), will debut this summer, exclusively on HBO. Starring John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler), and directed by Steven Zaillian from teleplays by Price and Zaillian, the limited series delves into the intricacies of a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones. The story examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and the feral purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused await trial for felony crimes.
THE NIGHT OF is executive produced by Steven Zaillian, Richard Price, Jane Tranter (HBO’s GETTING ON and ROME), James Gandolfini (HBO’s WARTORN: 1861-2010 and ALIVE DAY MEMORIES: HOME FROM IRAQ) and Peter Moffat (HBO Films: EINSTEIN AND EDDINGTON); co-executive produced by Garrett Basch (Life Itself), Nancy Sanders (HBO FILMS: HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN) and Mark Armstrong (HBO Films: HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN). Mark A. Baker (Damages) produced part 1; Scott Ferguson (HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART) produced parts 2-8. Steven Zaillian directed parts 1-3 and 5-8; James Marsh (The Theory of Everything) directed part 4.
The limited series’ ensemble cast includes Michael Kenneth Williams (HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE and HBO Films: BESSIE), Bill Camp (12 Years a Slave, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Jeannie Berlin (Inherent Vice), Poorna Jagannathan (Thanks for Sharing), Payman Maadi (A Separation), Glenne Headly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Amara Karan (The Darjeeling Limited), Sofia Black-D’Elia (The Immigrant), Paul Sparks (HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE), Ben Shenkman ( HBO’s ANGELS IN AMERICA), Afton Williamson (CINEMAX’s BANSHEE), Paulo Costanzo (Road Trip), Ned Eisenberg (Last Man Standing), Mohammad Bakri (Laila’s Birthday), Nabil Elouahabi (Zero Dark Thirty), Ashley Thomas (The Man Inside), Glenn Fleshler (A Most Violent Year), Chip Zien (United 93) and Max Casella (HBO’s VINYL).
THE NIGHT OF was filmed in and around Manhattan; based on the BBC series Criminal Justice, created by Peter Moffat. The film is produced by Filmrights and BBC Worldwide Productions for HBO.
Now we know that is just mostly the obligatory name dropping so we’ll add some paragraphs from an earlier Post to give more detail. It was written in 2012 but it still reflects the version coming up later this year.
[box] “The show comes to the U. S. from an award winning 2008 United Kingdom production and HBO has granted a pilot order for the idea that hopefully translates into another series for Mr. G. The original series consisted of two five-episode seasons. HBO’s version follows the plot of the first season of the BBC series. If that is the case than the other HBO show considered by Gandolfini, BIG DEAD PLACE, which was an Antarctica based story, is not happening. He was last on HBO in the HBO FILM: CINEMA VERITE in 2011. In this new work Mr. G plays Jack Stone, a disheveled jailhouse lawyer wearing cheap suits and sandals, who trolls for clients at police precincts. The show ends up chronicling the journey of those clients as they deal with the criminal justice system. Each season would feature new characters and cast. The first season’s story features an American-born Pakistani named Naz. He is a young 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. Taking on his case is Jack Stone.” [/box]