Charles Darwin Movie in the Works at Disney

Charles Darwin Movie
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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.”

The screenplay was written by John Collee based on the biography “Annie’s Box,” written by Randal Keynes, Darwin’s great-great grandson. “Creation” grossed less than $1 million worldwide.

Gaghan is repped by CAA and attorney Steve Warren.

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  1. I think its great that they are making an action adventure movie with Darwin as the hero, but I do hope that they keep the science accurate. The adventures aboard the Beagle were pretty epic.
    I have a Darwin’s Kidneys blog about science and evolution if you care to check it out.

  2. Josh says:

    You think they’ll mention how he theorized that man, having evolved from apes, had continued evolving as various races, with some races more developed than others. How he classified his own white race as more advanced than those “lower organisms” such as pygmies, and he called different people groups “savage,” “low,” and “degraded.”? Doubt it.

    • Gary says:

      Thanks Josh. Not many realize that he set out to prove that wasps were supreme beings thus supporting the notion that the Africans were no different then other beasts of burden and giving rise to slavery. Therefor the original title of the book excluded (for political purposes) “and Proof of Inferior Races” will no longer see the light of day. Disgusting. As long as this is taught to naïve school children in junior high there will always be racial tension. God created us all to be equal. Darwin wanted to prove that was not so. As long as the prevailing winds are against black people this pseudo-scientific theory will be set in stone. Ridiculous that people accept it as the truth.

      • Grace says:

        Darwin was against racism, you are the epitome of judging a book by its cover. If you took the time to read the book, Darwin does not touch the topic of race. Evolution is not a pseudo-scientific theory, it is a scientific theory with about 99.8 percent of scientist accepting the theory as valid. Theory in the science is different than how normal people use the word. A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that is acquired through the scientific method and repeatedly tested and confirmed through observation and experimentation. The layman’s use of theory is more akin to hypothesis. Please become more educated on subjects you wish to have a opinion on.

  3. Mark Jansen says:

    Please let it be an animated movie showing kids the wonders of evolution!

  4. Reblogged this on Mztressofallevil's Disney Doings and commented:
    I can not wait to hear what you all think about this one!-Mztress

  5. steve milazzo says:

    I can’t wait. Its about time. In addition to being a great naturalist, Darwin was a most moral and decent man among brutes. His arguments against slavery with Fitzroy (the captain of the Beagle) are well documented. Hope its done well.

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