Newmarket Picks Up Toronto Opener ‘Creation’

Jon Amiel’s movie about the life of Charles Darwin is targeted for a December release.

Last Updated: September 24, 2009 @ 12:49 PM

Newmarket Films has landed rights to the Charles Darwin biopic "Creation," which opened this month’s Toronto International Film Festival to good reviews.

 

Chris Ball and Robert Fyvolent’s indie distributor plans a holiday release for British director Jon Amiel’s period film about the naturalist behind the science of evolution.

 

The movie stars Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly as the Darwins. It tells of Darwin’s path to publishing "The Origin of the Species" and the couple’s pain with the loss of a beloved daughter.

 

The screenplay, written by Amiel and John Collee, was based on the book "Annie’s Box."

Newmarket is best known for its indie hits "Memento," "The Boondock Saints" and "Donnie Darko." It has been managing those and other properties, but seeks to re-enter the output business with the "Creation" buy.

 

Amiel’s credits include "The Core" and "Entrapment." He is working on "Angel Makers" and "North of Cheyenne."