Deal Possible To Distribute Controversial Darwin Film

While recently Creation,  the movie about the life of Charles Darwin seemed too controversial to be shown in the United States, there are reports this afternoon that some are now interested distributing it. A deal is anticipated by the end of the week. A trailer for the movie is posted above.

It is only in the United States that there has been resistance to the movie by the religious right. The movie is hardly a product of those hostile to religion:

Ironic, considering resistance from conservatives; the film was bankrolled by Mel Gibson’s Icon Productions which was also behind “The Passion of the Christ.”  “Creation” follows the religious struggle of Darwin as he writes “On the Origin of the Species” and has been embraced by Christian groups in Great Britain.

“You’ve killed God” says one of Darwin’s friends.

You might think conservative church goers in the United States would line up to see the film – and they’d make a big audience: a recent Gallup poll showed only 39 percent of Americans surveyed believed in evolution.

However, “conservative religious and the creationist groups have been so intense on demonizing Darwin that any film which shows him as a real human will likely be viewed as controversial,” director John Amiel tells Reuters.

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    Bloglifetime says:

    What I really don’t like is that it’s not even getting a chance. There are plenty of religious people who believe in evolution- it’s true that America’s evolution education and understanding is pretty poor, but that’s exactly why movies like this need to be seen. We need “uproar” to bring issues like this into the public eye. Having said that, who’s to say there would even be an uproar? I bet a few religious groups would protest the movie, and that’s about it.

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    please says:

    It’s getting MORE than its chance. This is all a publicity stunt in my opinion. There is no reason for the US not to distribute this film…

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    Fritz says:

    Do films like that make money in theaters any more?  I guess it would be art house fare.

    I doubt “controversial” — maybe “not controversial enough”.

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