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Richard Goodwin’s Play ‘Hinge of the World’ to Be Adapted Into Movie

25 May 2016 1:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gulfstream Pictures has acquired the feature film rights to Richard N. Goodwin’s play “The Hinge of the World,” which centers on the battle between Galileo and the Pope.

The play was published in 1998 with the title “The Hinge of the World: In Which Professor Galileo Galilei, Chief Mathematician and Philosopher to His Serene Highness the Grand Duke of Tuscany, and His Holiness Urban VIII Battle for the Soul of the World.”

Gulfstream partners Mike Karz and Bill Bindley made the announcement Wednesday.

Goodwin’s story tackles a pivotal moment in history when the door of unquestionable faith was beginning to close and that of reason and science open, personified by the power struggle between the Italian mathematician, philosopher and astronomer Galileo Galilei and his arch-opponent and one-time-friend, Pope Urban VIII.

The story depicts how Galileo, with his newly discovered telescope, tries to convince the 17th century Pope that, contrary »

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