HBO announced today that Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini will join Diane Lane for Cinema Verite, a behind-the-scenes look at the 1973 PBS documentary An American Family, which examined the Loud family’s struggles with divorce and sexual identity. THR reports that Gandolfini will play documentary producer Craig Gilbert, while Robbins and Lane will play Bill and Pat Loud, the parents of said family. Gandolfini is certainly committed to the network that made him a star, as the Sopranos star is producing (and may star in) an adaptation of French Canadian comedy Taxi 0-22 for HBO.
In other HBO news, the premium network is developing a female-centric comedy from Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, producers of the HBO flagship comedy Entourage. THR reports that Wahlberg and Levinson will team with relative newcomers Leah Rachel and Emily Montague, who laid the foundation for the series; the comedy will follow a group of female friends who work and date in Los Angeles, though sources promise the show won’t be Entourage meets Sex and the City. This would make the third Wahlberg/Levinson comedy on HBO, as the duo also produces the aimless-but-charming How to Make it In America.