“Creation” — Movie About Charles Darwin Starts Filming

ACCORDING TO Variety, which describes itself as “the premier source of entertainment news,” there’s a biography of Charles Darwin in the works. They have this article: Cast evolves for Darwin feature, informing us that husband-and-wife team Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly are signed up to play Charles and Emma Darwin in a new movie, Creation, directed by Jon Amiel.

Your Curmudgeon has never heard of any of these people (except for the Darwins), so all we can do is present the news with minimal commentary. The article further informs us:

John Colley (“Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”) has written the script, which is based on “Annie’s Box,” the book written by Darwin’s great-great-grandson Randal Keynes.

Variety then says (using what we assume is show business terminology):

Pic will start lensing Sept. 28. Locations include the Darwins’ home, Down House, in what was then the Kent village of Bromley, which has now been swallowed by London.

Okay, they start “lensing” in a few weeks. When will the final product be available? Variety says:

Release is skedded for 2009, the bi-centenary of Darwin’s birth. Icon Film Distribution has acquired U.K. and Australian theatrical rights. HanWay Films is handling worldwide sales.

Aha, it’s “skedded” for 2009.

Here’s another write-up on this project at a different website: Bettany and Connelly Join Charles Darwin Biopic Titled Creation, which says:

Creation will portray Darwin as a man torn between his love for his deeply religious wife and his own growing belief in a world where God has no place. The scientist finds himself caught in a struggle between faith and reason, love and truth.

This probably won’t be as thrilling as Ben Stein’s Expelled, but it may be worth a look.

Updates: See: Creation, the Movie: Expelled from the USA, and also Olivia Judson on “Creation,” the Darwin Movie.

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