04/05/2013 02:14 pm ET Updated Jun 05, 2013

Steve Carell And James Gandolfini To Star As Paleontologists In HBO Movie 'Bone Wars'

The battle between Steve Carell and James Gandolfini will soon be coming to your TV.

According to Deadline, the former "Office" and "Sopranos" stars respectively are set to star and executive produce "Bone Wars." The HBO project is set during what's referred to in American history as the Bone Wars or the Great Dinosaur Rush when there was intense fossil speculation and discovery in the late 1800s.

The two paleontologists at the center of "Bone Wars" -- Edward Drinker Cope (Carell) of Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences and Othniel Charles Marsh (Gandolfini) of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale -- used underhanded methods to try to outdo one another and (spoiler alert) eventually, ruined their careers.

Deadline reports that the HBO comedy is now in development and the hunt is on for a writer.

News of Carell and Gandolfini's paleontology comedy first emerged in September 2012, when Shobiz 411 reported that HBO and Fox2000 were interested in the project, which was then called "The Bone Men." At the time, Gandolfini told the website that the movie is "very funny."

Carell and Gandolfini have been teaming up a lot lately -- the actors can both be seen in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone."

HBO did not immediately reply to The Huffington Post's request for comment.

Click back to Deadline for more on Steve Carell and James Gandolfini's new project.


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