Steve Carell & James Gandolfini Reunite as Feuding Paleontologists
by Ethan Anderton
April 5, 2013
Following The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, it looks like Steve Carell and James Gandolfini will team up again for another comedy. Back at Gandolfini's cable home HBO (where he led "The Sopranos"), he and Carrell will star in and executive produce Bone Wars, a film based on what is also known as The Great Dinosaur Rush. The two actors will play real-life feuding paleontologists in the late 1800s who used their wealth and influence to finance their own expeditions and to procure services and dinosaur bones from fossil hunters in the heated pursuit of paleontological supremacy that lasted several decades. More below!
Deadline says Gandolfini wold play Othniel Charles Marsh (of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale) and Carell would play his rival Edward Drinker Cope (of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia) as they each tried to beat each other in the discovery of dinosaur bones. Their methods included bribery, theft and even destruction of dinosaur bones, not to mention written attacks in scientific publications in an effort to cut off funding and ruin each others reputations. In the end, they both lost as they ran out all of their funding and ended each other's careers. Thankfully, it wasn't a complete waste as their efforts led to the discovery 142 new dinosaurs, not to mention a larger interest in the creatures.
Right now a writer still needs to be found, but with Jurassic Park 3D hitting theaters this weekend and the fourth installment in the franchise coming next year from Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow and producer Steven Spielberg, this sounds like a good time for a comedy about the discovery of dinosaur bones to get off the ground. This likely won't be a comedy with the same kind of laughs in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, but a more sophisticated and high brow comedy along the lines of a Wes Anderson film or Woody Allen, though likely not as quirky. Stay tuned for more updates.