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Disney is developing a Charles Darwin adventure film

06.23.2015

Well, I can't say that I saw THIS coming! Walt Disney Pictures has just acquired an untitled pitch that writer Stephen Gaghan (SYRIANA, TRAFFIC) will pen and direct. While details are scarce, Deadline reports that the movie is being molded into an adventure film featuring Charles Darwin. While the English naturalist and geologist is best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory, evidently he was a little adventurous in his early days.

Back in 1831, captain Robert FitzRoy took command of the HMS Beagle on its first expedition when the original captain committed suicide. For the second expedition, he sought to have an expert in geology on board, as well as a companion. Enter a young Charles Darwin who jumped at the opportunity after graduating school. By expedition's end, Darwin made a name for himself as a geologist and fossil collector, and went on to publicize his findings in what was known as "The Voyage of the Beagle." Take THAT, Indiana Jones!

When I think, "adventure", my brain doesn't immediately jump to Charles Darwin, but it looks like Disney is looking to Disney up the man a bit. Not to say that the man's life isn't fascinating, but I don't see people jumping on a big Charles Darwin: Tomb Raider kick. Then again, maybe they'll just cast Chris Pratt and then we'll have a bunch of Darwin groupies on our hands. Wouldn't that be fitting?

Source: Deadline

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12:36PM on 06/24/2015
Will Darwin be torturing the animals in this?
Will Darwin be torturing the animals in this?
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9:52AM on 06/24/2015
I see nothing wrong with this, and I think it is going to be very successful. This is an adventure film for kids, and Charles Darwin is one of the first famous scientists taught in school. Everyone in America, particularly 4th-6th graders, is going to recognize the name. In that respect it is already an established franchise- it does not need to teach the audience who the protagonist is. So when kids see a trailer for a Pirates / Uncharted type of adventure movie with a character they are so
I see nothing wrong with this, and I think it is going to be very successful. This is an adventure film for kids, and Charles Darwin is one of the first famous scientists taught in school. Everyone in America, particularly 4th-6th graders, is going to recognize the name. In that respect it is already an established franchise- it does not need to teach the audience who the protagonist is. So when kids see a trailer for a Pirates / Uncharted type of adventure movie with a character they are so familiar with, undoubtedly they are going to check it out.
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8:26PM on 06/23/2015
Get him to ride a T-rex to save the Galapagos islands! Then it'll surely earn millions overnight....
Get him to ride a T-rex to save the Galapagos islands! Then it'll surely earn millions overnight....
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8:19PM on 06/23/2015
I know some people didn't like the second one, but I look at this and just think, How did this get greenlit and Tron didn't? Oh well.
I know some people didn't like the second one, but I look at this and just think, How did this get greenlit and Tron didn't? Oh well.
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8:18PM on 06/23/2015
Since Disney said they "don't see room for Tron 3 in their release calendar", I think we shouldn't see any new Disney project put into the slate. Until Tron 3 is back.
Since Disney said they "don't see room for Tron 3 in their release calendar", I think we shouldn't see any new Disney project put into the slate. Until Tron 3 is back.
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