Underwire recently posted a write-up the new film Creation, based on the novel by Charles Darwin’s great grandson Randal Keynes about Darwin’s conflict over faith, his marriage, and how they influenced him and presenting his ideas about evolution to the world.
After desperately seeking a U.S. distributor for his cinematic tale of Charles Darwin’s domestic and scientific struggles, director Jon Amiel’s Creation is finally set to open stateside Friday. But the movie wasn’t held up for the reason you might think.
“I’d love to say that it was a conservative, right-wing religious conspiracy that hampered the film’s distribution prospects,” Amiel told Wired.com in an e-mail interview, “but the truth is a little more complicated.”
And banal: The short version is that, in an age of blockbusters like Avatar and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, few studios are comfortable bankrolling period dramas, even if they happen to be about one of human history’s most important thinkers.
That could change if the PG-13 Creation, which stars Paul Bettany as the evolution-touting scientist, catches fire with a humanity experiencing a startling loss of the biodiversity that Darwin once famously celebrated. Wired.com spoke with an amiable Amiel about Darwin’s personal evolution, why biopic is a dirty word and much more in the conversation.