HBO’s limited series The Night Of (formerly Criminal Justice), a passion project of the late James Gandolfini, is set to premiere this summer, the premium cable network announced today. A specific date was not announced.
John Turturro and Riz Ahmed star in the eight-parter, based on Peter Moffat’s Criminal Justice drama series that aired on the BBC in 2008-2009. Steven Zaillian directs and Richard Price is penning the script.
Turturro took over the role of Jack Stone, a downtrodden jailhouse attorney who frequents police stations for clients, initially to be played by Gandolfini, in 2014. Robert De Niro committed to succeeding the Sopranos star in the role shortly after Gandolfini’s death, but had to pull out because of scheduling reasons in fall 2013. Gandolfini has a posthumous executive producer credit on the series.
Filmed in and around Manhattan, the 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,” per HBO, where the accused await trial for felony crimes. Zaillian directs parts 1-3 and 5-8 from teleplays co-written with Price. They executive produce with Jane Tranter and Moffat. James Marsh directs part 4.
The ensemble cast includes The Wire‘s Michael Kenneth Williams, ER‘s Glenne Headly, and The Sopranos’ Max Casella, along with Bill Camp, Jeannie Berlin, Poorna Jagannathan, Payman Maadi, Amara Karan, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Paul Sparks, Ben Shenkman, Afton Williamson, Paulo Costanzo, Ned Eisenberg, Mohammad Bakri, Nabil Elouahabi, Ashley Thomas, Glenn Fleshler and Chip Zien.
The Night Of is produced by Filmrights and BBC Worldwide Productions for HBO. Garrett Basch, Nancy Sanders and Mark Armstrong co-executive produce. Mark A. Baker produced part 1; Scott Ferguson produced parts 2-8.