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‘Sopranos’ star stays in HBO family

Gandolfini guns development deal

HBO has signed an exclusive three-year deal with James Gandolfini to develop and produce TV series for the network.

Gandolfini and his partner Alex Ryan, a former Paramount exec, have created a production company, Attaboy Films. Picturehouse, the joint venture between HBO and New Line for specialty-film distribution, will get a first look at all theatrical-movie projects the banner puts together.

During the last year, Gandolfini has worked on the script of “Hemingway,” a biopic written by Barbara Turner (“Pollock”) that Phil Kaufman would direct, either as a Picturehouse-distributed theatrical or an HBO original movie. Gandolfini would play Hemingway, and the movie would focus on his stormy relationship with war correspondent Martha Gellhorn.

Another project on Gandolfini’s docket is “Occupation Iraq,” for HBO Documentary Films. It will focus on American soldiers fighting the Iraq War and their homecomings.

Gandolfini is finishing the last season of “The Sopranos” for HBO and has three theatricals yet to be released: Columbia Pictures’ “All the King’s Men,” Millennium Films’ “Lonely Hearts” and Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Where the Wild Things Are.”