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In 2009, Paul Bettany starred as revolutionary naturalist Charles Darwin in Creation, which told of his struggles writing On the Origin of Species, and his grief following the death of his 10-year-old daughter, Annie. The film, based on a biography by Darwin’s great-great grandson, made just over half a million pounds worldwide.
Now, Walt Disney Studios is to attempt to reanimate the scientist in a new movie. Stephen Gaghan – whose previous script credits include Traffic and Syriana – is on board to direct from his own screenplay. He is currently about to direct Matthew McConaughey in a mining drama, Gold.
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- Catherine Shoard
Well, I can't say that I saw This coming! Walt Disney Pictures has just acquired an untitled pitch that writer Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic) will pen and direct. While details are scarce, Deadline reports that the movie is being molded into an adventure film featuring Charles Darwin. While the English naturalist and geologist is best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory, evidently he was a... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Charles Darwin doesn.t seem like he would be the prime candidate to spotlight an adventure movie, but, then again, Abraham Lincoln didn.t seem like a vampire hunter. The scientist famous for developing the theory of evolution is said to be the face of a new movie that Disney is close to snagging that will send the famed scientist on a whirlwind trip. Deadline was first to report the news of the new Darwin adventure flick . a phrase I.d never thought I.d be writing . and details are extremely limited - including the title of the project. However, we do know that Stephen Gaghan, the mind behind the screenplays for Traffic, Syriana, The Alamo and Rules of Engagement, penned the script that caught the eye of the Mouse House. As the trade notes, Darwin took a nod from Indiana Jones in exploring and answers questions about the world. »
Disney has launched development on a Charles Darwin movie with Stephen Gaghan on board to direct from his own screenplay.
The studio acquired an untitled pitch from Gaghan, whose credits include writing the Oscar-winning “Traffic” and directing “Syriana” from his own script. Gaghan is in pre-production to direct Black Bear Pictures’ mining drama “Gold,” starring Matthew McConaughey.
Darwin, the English naturalist and geologist, established that all species of life have descended from common ancestors in his 1859 book “On the Origin of Species.”
Jeremy Thomas produced a Darwin movie, 2009’s “Creation,” starring real-life spouses Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany. That film, directed by Jon Amiel, focused on Darwin and his family as he struggled to finish “On the Origin of Species.”
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- Dave McNary
While Disney is keeping the Pirates franchise afloat (the fifth film will sail into our cinemas in 2017), it appears the studio is looking in some unexpected places for adventure. Syriana writer/director Stephen Gaghan is now attached to a pitch about Charles Darwin. According to Deadline, the Mouse House wants to make a thrilling adventure film from Darwin’s travels, likely focusing on his five-year voyage of discovery aboard the Hms Beagle in 1831. It was mostly intended for scientific investigation, with Darwin pursuing his interest in natural history and making finds that would later fuel his theories in evolution, making him one of the most famous people in history.But there were a few encounters with natives and others along the way, and the crew experienced an earthquake in Chile, which could provide a little drama. Plus there’s always a chance for that old “based on” phrase to come into play, »
"The Silence of the Lambs" This is definitely my favorite Best Picture-winning horror movie featuring Chris Isaak in a supporting role. Let's just think about the glamor of 1991 for a minute: "Point Break" occurred. Kate Nelligan was in whatever movie she wanted. CeCe Peniston was a reigning pop star, which is important because her last name has "penis" in it. And "Silence of the Lambs" was an ominous and unconventional movie that everyone agreed was fantastic. Anthony Hopkins is in "Silence of the Lambs" for less than 20 minutes but his performance lingers far after the credits roll. Jodie Foster is charismatic and august as Clarice Starling, who is no mood for fava beans by the time the movie is over. "Rain Man" I keep pretending I'm incapable of enjoying Tom Cruise in movies anymore, yet "Rain Man" is about as timeless and likable as a 1988 drama is allowed to be. »
- Louis Virtel
Williams, last seen in this year’s Suite Francaise, would join the cast as McConaughey’s wife in the film which is to be directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana). Inspired by true events, Gold is based around a mining scandal from 1993 with Bre-x minerals. The film is to shoot in New York, Thailand and Mexico around June time.
- Scott J. Davis
I gotta be honest, the words "mining drama" don't exactly inspire a whole lot of excitement in me. That said, this cast does, so I guess I'll just have to put on my construction helmet and see where "Gold" goes. Michelle Williams has joined Matthew McConaughey in the upcoming movie. A project once eyed by Michael Mann and Spike Lee, Stephen Gaghan ("Syriana") is now helming the "Treasure Of The Sierra Madre"-esque tale about the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation scandal, penned by Patrick Massett and John Zinman ("Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," "Friday Night Lights"). Production begins in June, and this marks Williams' third movie in a row this year. She has already wrapped Kelly Reichardt's new, untitled movie and Kenneth Lonergan's "Machester-By-The-Sea." So a lot of things to look forward to in 2016 for fans of Williams. [Variety] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Outside of her supporting role in blockbuster Oz the Great and Powerful, Michelle Williams has been keeping a relatively low profile since her Oscar-nominated turn in My Week with Marilyn. Now, though, with anticipated drama Manchester by the Sea in the can, the actress is lining up another highly promising project in mining drama Gold.
Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez are already attached to star in the “inspired by true events” pic, which dramatizes and takes some liberties with the story of the 1993 Bre-x Minerals mining scandal. Williams will be taking on the role of McConaughey’s wife.
Some may remember the high-profile incident, in which one part of the company fraudulently reported that it had unearthed a massive gold deposit at its Indonesian site. Stock prices soared, until gold samples were found to be a fraud, at which point Bre-x collapsed and its shares became utterly worthless.
- Isaac Feldberg
“How I Met Your Mother” alum Josh Radnor and “The Returned’s” Mary Elizabeth Winstead will star in PBS’s civil war drama “Mercy Street” from exec producers Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, David Zabel and Lisa Q. Wolfinger, the network announced Wednesday.
“Mercy Street” follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War — New England abolitionist Mary Phinney (Winstead) and Confederate supporter Emma Green (played by newcomer Hannah James) — when the Green family’s luxury hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, has been transformed into Mansion House, a Union Army hospital tending to those wounded by the war. The series is inspired by memoirs and letters from real doctors and nurse volunteers at Mansion House Hospital.
Radnor will play Jedediah Foster, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Abrams Artists Agency is pleased to announce that George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures has acquired the film rights for Joe Navarro’s Three Minutes to Doomsday. The North American rights for the book were recently acquired by Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster. As the FBI’s leading body language expert, Joe Navarro was sent to track down Rod Ramsey to report on his knowledge or association with Clyde Lee Conrad. It all started with a trembling cigarette: when Navarro asked Ramsay about Conrad, his cigarette shook. Navarro’s expertise enabled him to decipher the meaning behind Ramsay’s tic. Noticing this miniscule movement led him to a series of interviews in an increasingly complex relationship that would uncover one escalating revelation after another, until he eventually uncovered the most dangerous security breach in Us history. Along the way Navarro had to develop Ramsay’s trust, engage »
The book follows the FBI’s leading body language expert, Navarro, who was sent to track down Rod Ramsey to report on his knowledge or association with Clyde Lee Conrad, an U.S. Army officer who sold top-secret classified information to the People’s Republic of Hungary. It documents Navarro and Ramsey’s relationship and interviews against the backdrop of the Cold War.
Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, recently acquired North American rights for the book.
- Alex Stedman
Alex Garland, screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Never Let Me Go,” makes an impressive directorial debut with cerebral sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” (in theaters today), but Garland waves off the achievement of leaping to directing as “just next in a continuum.” “The truth was that there was no epiphany moment about directing, because I just don’t dignify the directing role the way we’re supposed to,” the British filmmaker told The Dissolve. “There are a few people — like Woody Allen, he’s an auteur, and I’m cool with that. But for me, directing is about collaboration.” Whether directing is a logical next step or a hard-sought achievement for screenwriters, it’s often done by telling studios, “Hey, here’s my next screenplay. You can have it as long as I get to direct.” Preston Sturges — at the time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood — is noted for »
- Emily Rome
Jeff Skoll had been working frenetically with epidemiologists, NGOs and diplomats for weeks last fall. The experts were racing to contain the wildfire spread of Ebola, only to have their benefactor, the California billionaire and media mogul, suddenly suffer his own collapse. An intestinal wrecking ball sent Skoll reeling. His fever spiked to 105, knocking him flat on his back. “I just had to close my eyes for eight days,” he recalls, “and hang on.”
Skoll, already slight in build, lost 10 pounds to what doctors diagnosed as yellow fever, perhaps contracted from Ebola caregivers. For the introspective Canadian, facing his own mortality on the brink of his 50th birthday, the medical crisis seemed to be a sign: The time had come to reassess his 10-year-old entertainment company, Participant Media, to ensure its sustainability for the long haul.
“This was part of my wake-up call,” Skoll says of his debilitating illness. “At Participant, »
- James Rainey
Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein announced today that they have acquired the highly sought after mining drama Gold, inspired by the true story about the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal where large amounts of gold were reportedly discovered in the Indonesian jungle. The film will be released under their TWC-Dimension banner.  Directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana), Gold stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey as a failing businessman and prospector that teams up with a luckless geologist/explorer played by Edgar Ramirez.  The duo heads into the Indonesian jungle on the trail of undiscovered gold.
Written by Patrick Massett & John Zinman, Gold is being produced and financed by Black Bear Pictures.  Black Bear's Teddy Schwarzman will produce alongside Hwy61's Michael Nozik, Massett, Zinman and McConaughey.  Hwy61 partner Paul Haggis will executive produce with Richard Middleton and Black Bear's Ben Stillman. Said Schwarzman and Nozik:
"We are beyond thrilled to »
The movie business has a lot in common with the speculative stock market. Those that get a piece of the action early can hope for a huge payday in the long run. The Weinsteins are building their 2016 slate, getting into the game prior to lensing with The Founder and now, Gold. Deadline reports that the Weinstein Co. won the derby over for the domestic rights to Stephen Gaghan‘s third feature film starring Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez and packaged by Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures (they started with Ramin Bahrani’s At Any Price and most recently preemed Eli Roth’s Knock Knock). The film would receive an assured 2500 screen release. The film which was described as a sort of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre has already been picked up in several territories and will begin lensing this June in Thailand, New York and New Mexico. Look »
- Eric Lavallee
Carbon Neutral Films have been made all over the world, and now with Aisa Yeh Jahaan, India is all set to join the list. The film stars Palash Sen, the singer of the much-loved Indian band – Euphoria, opposite Ira Dubey in the lead along with talented actors Yashpal Sharma, Tinu Anand, Kymsleen Kholie, Prisha Dabbas, Saurabh Pandey and Carol Grasias. Written and directed by Biswajeet Bora and produced by Maya Kholie under Kholie Entertainment, the film is set to release in April 2015.
Aisa Yeh Jahaan joins the likes of other international carbon neutral movies, 24, the Emmy award-winning series from Imagine and Twentieth Century Fox Television, George Clooney’s Syriana, Day the Earth Stood Still and The Day After Tomorrow, to name a few.
Biswajeet Bora, the director of the film, who has worked with filmmaker Jahnu Barua, said, “It is a socio-environmental film, which tells the story of an urban »
- Press Releases
According to Deadline, Ramírez will play geologist Michael Acosta, with McConaughey taking on the role of a prospector named Walsh.
The plot - based on the true story of the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal - sees the pair team up to uncover huge deposits of gold in the heart of the Indonesian jungle.
Their new riches fast-track Acosta and Walsh into the boardrooms of America's biggest corporations on Wall Street, before suspicions of fraud bring their worlds crashing down.
Executive produced by Paul Haggis and Richard Middleton, Gold is to be produced by Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game) and Michael Nozik (Quiz Show, Syriana) as well as Massett, Zinman and McConaughey.
The production is due to begin filming in June, »
The Venezuela-born actor, Golden Globe-nominated for Olivier Assayas' sprawling 2011 crime miniseries "Carlos," will join Matthew McConaughey in Black Bear Pictures' mining drama "Gold," Deadline reports. Directed by Stephen Gaghan, Oscar-winning writer of "Traffic" who went his own way to steer 2005 oil drama "Syriana," and written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman, "Gold" revolves around the true story of the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corporation mining scandal. Ramírez plays geologist Michael Acosta who, alongside McConaughey as prospector Walsh, journeys to Indonesia in search of the titular soft metal. Filming launches in June and will occur in New York, New Mexico and Thailand. Ramírez's globally revered performance in Oscar-shortlisted "The Liberator" didn't land the film a foreign nom this year, but he does have a lot of Hollywood projects now on the docket including David O. Russell's »
- Ryan Lattanzio
He will play a geologist whom McConaughey’s prospector teams with to find gold in the uncharted Indonesian jungle.
He is repped by CAA, Impression Entertainment and attorney Bob Wallerstein.
The news was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
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