Steve Carell and James Gandolfini have both shown a very decent range recently, playing anything from magicians to middle-aged womanizers, CIA directors and, naturally, gangsters. Still, we never pictured the two as scientists (no offense, guys).
But that’s exactly what the duo will be playing in the upcoming HBO TV movie “Bone Wars”. And I know what you’re thinking, but no, they’re not going to compete with Dr. Temperance Brennan (aka Emily Deschanel) of Fox’s hit series Bones.
Instead, Carell and Gandolfini will be rival paleontologists of the 19th century in search for dinosaurs. Erm, dinosaur fossils, that is. Carell will be Edward Drinker Cope, whose contributions helped define the field of American paleontology, or so Wikipedia tells us.
Meanwhile, Gandolfini will be Othniel Charles Marsh, who apparently discovered dozens of new species and theories on the origins of birds in the late ‘1800s. Sounds a little snoozefest-y, but you can definitely count on HBO to turn that around.
The two protagonists will also act as executive producers for “Bone Wars”, along with Alexandra Ryan (“Hemingway & Gellhorn”) and Thom Hinkle. There’s no script yet and not even a writer hired to pen the screenplay, so it’s going to be a while until seeing this one on our small screens. And, you know, until it’s going to sweep the Golden Globes, as HBO TV movies and mini-series tend to do of late.