HBO Developing Project for James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini Headshot 2011
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NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18:  Actor James Gandolfini attends The Cinema Society & Everlon Diamond Knot Collection's screening of "Welcome To The Rileys" on October 18, 2010 at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City.

HBO Films has optioned the rights to Robert Egan and Kurt Pitzer’s book “Eating With the Enemy.”

HBO is continuing its long relationship with James Gandolfini.

HBO Films has optioned Robert Egan and Kurt Pitzer's book Eating With the Enemy: How I Waged Peace With North Korea From My BBQ Shack in Hackensack with Gandolfini attached to star, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

The development deal will see him portray a Hackensack restaurant owner who forged a relationship with the North Korean Mission in Upper Manhattan who went on to play an important role as a liaison in U.S. and North Korean relations.

The former Sopranos star will executive produce via his Attaboy Productions and Tribeca Productions. Mark Armstrong, Nancy Sanders, Jane Rosenthal, Brandon Brito and Megan Lyvers will also exec produce with Pitzer and Kimberly Levin co-producing.

Gandolfini next appears in HBO Films' Cinema Verite, which premieres April 23.