Godless Darwin Movie Too Sciency for God-Loving America

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From Truthdig:
Godless Darwin Movie Too Sciency for God-Loving America

Let’s get something straight, America. Charles Darwin was right. Only 39 percent of you believe that, but his theory of evolution is the basis of modern biological science. Deal with it. A new film about the man can’t get distribution in the U.S. because—this is embarrassing just to type—150 years after “On the Origin of Species,” he’s too controversial in these parts. —PS

Telegraph:

The film was chosen to open the Toronto Film Festival and has its British premiere on Sunday. It has been sold in almost every territory around the world, from Australia to Scandinavia.

However, US distributors have resolutely passed on a film which will prove hugely divisive in a country where, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution.

(jennifer connolly is in it)

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shadeshaman's picture

Wait, so not even the indie movie houses are a-gonna show it?

"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius"--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Submitted by greentara on

but doesn't it seem from this preview alone that darwin felt conflicted about his supposed murder of god? that it was those around him that declared his theories to be putting religion to rest? and why is it that science and religion have to be at odds? why are people so scared? shouldn't they be questioning their fear over a movie instead? weird country, that america.

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Submitted by motormouth on

Um, and the fact that Charles Darwin lived and wrote a book is documented historical fact. You don't have to believe in evolution to accept that.
And anyway, who said you have to believe in something to enjoy a film? I don't believe in unicorns, elves, or monsters but I still enjoy a good chidren's film sometimes.
And what happened to the good old days of a nice controversy beefing up box office sales?
If it's any consolation I probably won't be able to see it in theatre here, unless they bring it to cine-club. Not because it won't be distrubuted here in Spain, but because the cinema here is pathetic and they only ever get the blockbusters, it's all action, comedy or kids around here. :((

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I mean, Religulous was shown all over the place and aside from that - all Christians are not anti-Evolution - I know a shocking claim. We're even having a whole month of events at church leading up to Darwin's B-Day this year. So the distributor doesn't know what she's doing, or the movie sucks, or somebody just has their facts wrong, but I guarantee, if the movie isn't even making the art houses in NYC, San Francisco, and the like, than its not a fear of American conservative Christianity that's keeping it out.

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Submitted by sebsmom on

The problem is also that this film is not a guaranteed money maker. Jennifer Connelly is the biggest name star and by herself, historically, she hasn't been a major box-office heavyweight. Paul Bettany and Jeremy Northam are big names in the U.K. but the majority of the movie-going public in the U.S. doesn't give a shit about either of them. Then there's the subject - the only people who are super interested in Darwin's life (enough to drop $9 to see his biopic) are those who care about the political debate surrounding evolution. The creationists might boycott the film but they won't go see it. People who don't care about evolution vs. creationism one way or the other probably also won't be compelled to see it. That leaves the big-time Darwin devotees; the crusaders dedicated to discrediting creationists (as they should since it's a bunch of BS...). That might be a noble group but it's not a huge group. So the major players: Disney, Viacom, Newscorp., General Electric and Sony; aren't exactly chomping at the bit to grab it up.
That leaves independent distributors. I'm sure there are plenty willing to take on the risk involved with this title in hopes it will be a runaway hit or at least yield a decent return, but my guess is that none of those companies have met the producers' price point so they're still shopping it around hoping to get a buzz on the festival circuit that will give them more leverage in negotiations. Maybe the producers are anticipating that it will be a huge success in the UK and they're holding back on a US sale for that reason. Big UK box office numbers will be a big bargaining chip for a better US deal.
Could be they're deliberately stirring up a controversy to boost interest in the film. Start saying that US distributors are too backwards & chicken-shit to take the title & it's like dangling bait. they're opening the door for whoever does get the rights to cast themselves in the role of forward thinking champions who were brave enough to take the title their competitors didn't want.

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Submitted by idyllia on

You are fucking kidding me.

Factoids like those make me want to crawl under a rock and cry, backwards fucking world we live in.

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Submitted by idyllia on

"Could be they're deliberately stirring up a controversy to boost interest in the film. Start saying that US distributors are too backwards & chicken-shit to take the title & it's like dangling bait. they're opening the door for whoever does get the rights to cast themselves in the role of forward thinking champions who were brave enough to take the title their competitors didn't want."

Marketers are a sneaky breed.