Condon’s hot for Kinsey biopic

Linney, McKellen among thesps in negotiations to star

Bill Condon, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for “Gods and Monsters,” is next turning his attention to the life and work of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey.

Condon, who has spent more than a year penning the screenplay, is in negotiations with Liam Neeson to play Kinsey, and with Laura Linney to play his wife. Ian McKellen is also in negotiations to play a composite of real characters as the film’s host, and Chris O’Donnell is negotiating to play sex researcher Wardell Pomeroy.

Project is expected to go into production in March, shooting in Toronto and on the East Coast.

Producer Gail Mutrux brought the project to Condon when she sent him a copy of Kinsey’s biography approximately three years ago. Condon then based his original screenplay on elements in the biography combined with his own original research on Kinsey.

“Gail Mutrux sent me a biography of Kinsey, and before I finished it, I knew I wanted to do it,” says Condon.

“Kinsey is an incredibly complex character. A scientist who spent 20 years as a biologist and had one brilliant but simple idea which is still radical today — that no one person’s sexuality is the same as another’s and that we are all tortured by what is sexually normal.”

Production partners

Mutrux will produce the pic with Myriad Pictures’ Kirk D’Amico and Lucas Foster serving as exec producers with American Zoetrope’s Bobby Rock.

Myriad, the majority financier of the pic, will handle foreign distribution rights on “Kinsey” as part of its international distribution deal with Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope under which United Artists will co-finance with Myriad and handle North American distribution.

Condon, repped by the Firm, adapted Miramax’s upcoming Christmas Day release “Chicago” for helmer Rob Marshall starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah.