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Deadline is reporting that Disney has snapped up an untitled pitch from Oscar-winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan (Traffic), who is set to write and direct an adventure film based around the English naturalist and evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin.
The site reports that the movie will likely focus on Darwin’s formative years, where he embarked on a five year voyage to South America aboard the Hms Beagle.
Darwin appeared on the big screen as recently as 2009, with Paul Bettany portraying him in the biographical drama Creation, while he also featured in Aardman Animations’ The Pirates! Band of Misfits, where he was voiced by David Tennant.
- Gary Collinson
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
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
The books by Jack Silkstone (a nom de plume) follow a team of elite operatives recruited by a Pacific island-based Arab billionaire who is determined to bring peace to the world.
Each novel sees the agency waging a secret war against powerful criminals, greedy corporations and corrupt politicians, stepping in where governments fail.
Eymann (who was executive producer of Jon Amiel.s Creation) contacted. 'Silkstone' and bought an option on the novels. Then she approached John Schwarz, who met with the producer and the author in Adelaide during the production of Deadline: Gallipoli, which Full Clip produced by Matchbox Pictures.
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- Don Groves
4 items from 2015
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