HBO Films project in development
Writer Patrick Healy has been tabbed to adapt the HBO film “Eating With the Enemy.”Project, currently in development, is based on the book “Eating With the Enemy: How I Waged Peace With North Korea From My BBQ Shack in Hackensack,” by Robert Egan and Kurt Pitzer. HBO vet James Gandolfini is attached to play Bobby Egan, a Hackensack, N.J., restaurant owner who forged a relationship with the North Korean United Nations mission in upper Manhattan and went on to play an important role as a liaison in U.S.-North Korean relations. Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, James Gandolfini, Nancy Sanders and Mark Armstrong are exec producing for Tribeca Prods. and Attaboy Films. Co-producers are Kurt Pitzer and Kimberly Levin. Healy has been an actor since the mid-’90s but wrote a handful of scripts for the 2009 season of HBO’s psychiatrist drama “In Treatment” and made an impression with the pay cabler. Gandolfini, while best known for his lead role in “The Sopranos,” recently co-starred in the net’s telepic “Cinema Verite.” Healy is repped by Verve.