As part of their commitment to produce compelling non-fiction and continue forcing James Gandolfini to make his bones, HBO is planning some new, original films to look at the life of Nora Ephron and laugh at some paleontologists.
Deadline reports the network is currently looking for a writer for Bone Wars, a TV movie that already has Gandolfini and his Burt Wonderstone co-star Steve Carell attached to produce and star. They'd play Edward Drinker Cope of Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences and Othniel Charles Marsh of Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History, postbellum rival paleontologists whose competitive feud for dinosaur remnants "led to the discovery of more than 160 dinosaurs and their mutual downward spiral." It's described as a "sophisticated comedy," so expect to hear some species identifiers for each fossil Gandolfini clunks against Carell's head.
Meanwhile, THR brings news that HBO is also working on a documentary portrait of Nora Ephron, the recently-deceased writer-director whose work on films like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail were hugely influential to the fictional love life of Meg Ryan. Ephron's son, journalist Jacob Bernstein, is co-directing with Nick Hooker in what's expected to be an initially-contentious relationship that will eventually result in love.