September 25, 2009 / 2:56 AM / 10 years ago

U.S. deal evolves for Darwin biopic "Creation"

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Indie distributor Newmarket Films is back on the acquisitions scene, picking up U.S. rights to the Charles Darwin biopic “Creation.”

The company has sealed the deal for Jon Amiel’s feature, which was the opening-night selection of the recent Toronto International Film Festival. Newmarket aims for a December release.

Paul Bettany stars as the scientist who, as depicted here, battled with others over questions of religion vs. science as he wrote his classic tome “On the Origin of Species.” He also battled his own demons over the loss of a young daughter. Bettany’s wife, Jennifer Connelly, stars as his onscreen spouse.

The movie, produced by Jeremy Thomas with BBC Films and Ocean Pictures, was generally well received at Toronto, though its period aspects proved slightly challenging in the current acquisitions market.

Newmarket has a strong record as an upstart distributor, releasing such breakout hits as “Memento” and “The Passion of the Christ.” It has been quiet in recent years, but principals Chris Ball and Robert Fyvolent are aiming for a resurgence with the “Creation” buy.

Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters

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