James Gandolfini‘s next project for HBO will be somewhat lighter than his previous ones.
The former “Sopranos” star is joining Steve Carell (“The Office”) for a movie called “Bone Wars,” about competing paleontologists in the “great dinosaur rush” of the late 1800s, Deadline reports. It’s based on a real-life feud between scientists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, who competed furiously in the search for dinosaur fossils.
Carell and Gandolfini will also serve as executive producers of the movie, which is searching for a writer.
The two actors currently co-star in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” which hasn’t done much at the box office in its three-plus weeks of release. The offbeat material here could suit them, though. It brings to mind the “Archaeology Today” sketch on “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” (which you can watch below).
Gandolfini’s last on-screen appearance on HBO was in the movie “Cinema Verite” in 2011. He also starred in a pilot this year called “Criminal Justice,” but it’s not going to series. “Bone Wars” will be Carell’s first time working with HBO.
Here’s the “Archaelogy Today” sketch (it starts about 3:30 into the video):