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Gandolfini Joins HBO Reality TV Movie

by Kim Potts, posted May 13th 2010 9:30AM
Well, it's not 'The Sopranos' update movie we've been hoping for, but James Gandolfini is returning to his old HBO stomping grounds for a movie project.

'Sopranos' Emmy winner Gandolfini is joining Tim Robbins and Diane Lane in the HBO Films flick 'Cinema Verite,' a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the seminal 1973 PBS series 'An American Family.'

'Family,' considered one of the earliest reality shows, was a 12-episode series that followed the Loud family, a California clan where mom Pat and dad Bill were splitting up and oldest son Lance was one of the first openly gay "characters" on TV.

Robbins and Lane will play the Loud 'rents, while Gandolfini will portray 'An American Family' producer Craig Gilbert. David Seltzer, who wrote 'The Omen' and 'Lucas,' is penning the script for the movie, which is set to begin filming in Los Angeles this summer.

The movie may be just the beginning of Gandolfini's HBO homecoming. While rumors occasionally pop up about a 'Sopranos' reunion movie, the actor is developing a comedy series with the cable network.

Gandolfini's Attaboy Films is co-producing an American remake of the French-Canadian comedy 'Taxi 0-22,' about a politically incorrect taxi driver (who's been compared to Archie Bunker) and his colorful rotation of passengers. Gandolfini may also star in the series (with the action moved to New York City), which would be his first primetime role since 'The Sopranos' ended in 2007.

The actor, who's also developing a movie about Ernest Hemingway with HBO (in which he would star as the Nobel Prize-winning author), has a full slate of big-screen projects on the horizon, too, including 'Welcome to the Rileys,' with Kristin Stewart, 'The Last Kiddie Ride,' with Famke Janssen, the dramedy 'Mint Julep' and 'Sexual Healing,' a biopic of Marvin Gaye that will star 'Law & Order's' Jesse Martin as the Motown singer, with Gandolfini starring as concert promoter Freddy Cousaert and producing the movie.

Robbins, meanwhile, is currently filming 'Green Lantern,' with Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard and Blake Lively. Robbins plays Senator Hammond, the father of villainous Hector Hammond.

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