EXCLUSIVE: In an early buy for this coming development cycle, CBS has given a script commitment to Taxi-22, an adaptation of the hit French Canadian single-camera comedy, with James Gandolfini attached to executive produce through his Attaboy Prods. For the past three years, the project was set at HBO where Attaboy has a deal. It went through three incarnations with different writers and Gandolfini loosely attached to play the lead at one point. Search is now underway for a new writer to write the CBS version, which is being produced by CBS TV Studios. There are no plans for Gandolfini to star in the show, which centers on a NYC cab driver who is politically incorrect in the vein of Archie Bunker.
Gandolfini is executive producing with his managers Nancy Sanders and Mark Armstrong, Dennis Erdman, Clark Peterson, as well as the original series’ creator/star, top Canadian comedian Patrick Huard, and his producing partner François Flamand. Erdman and Peterson licensed the format rights from Huard and Flamand and brought the project to Gandolfini.