Steve Carell and James Gandolfini at war on HBO

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013. Filed under: Hollywood Stars
Steve Carell will play a 19th century paleontologist for HBO. ©AFP PHOTO/VALERIE MACON

Steve Carell will play a 19th century paleontologist for HBO.
©AFP PHOTO/VALERIE MACON

(Relaxnews) – In the TV film “Bone Wars,” HBO will take a close look at the rivalry between two important American paleontologists during the 19th century.

After “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” — a film that was released last March in the United States — Steve Carell and James Gandolfini will team up again on TV. The two actors will play warring paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, whose rivalry began in the 1870s.

These scientists would stop at nothing to be the first to discover new dinosaur species. The competition ended in 1897 when Edward Drinker Cope died. Othniel Charles Marsh died two years later.

In the United States, their rivalry came to be known as the “Bone Wars,” which is also the title HBO has given the TV movie. The network is currently seeking a screenwriter for this story, to be produced by the two actors.

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