Mr. Darwin Goes to Hollywood

Three movie Darwins, from: <em>The Pirates! Band of Misfits</em>, <em>The Fall</em>, and Paul Bettany as Stephen Maturin in <em>Master and Commander</em>, a surprisingly Darwin-like character (Bettany later played Darwin in <em>Creation</em>).Charles Darwin Movie in the Works at Disney, reports Variety:

Disney has launched development on a Charles Darwin movie with Stephen Gaghan on board to direct from his own screenplay.

The studio acquired an untitled pitch from Gaghan, whose credits include writing the Oscar-winning “Traffic” and directing “Syriana” from his own script. Gaghan is in pre-production to direct Black Bear Pictures’ mining drama “Gold,” starring Matthew McConaughey.

Darwin, the English naturalist and geologist, established that all species of life have descended from common ancestors in his 1859 book “On the Origin of Species.”

“Untitled,” you say? This sounds like a job for…The Science League of America! When I first heard the news, I tweeted out a series of options for titles, most leaning more nerdy than plausible, and others quickly joined in.

Glenn Branch, who doesn’t use Twitter, allowed me to share:

Stephanie Keep suggested:

  • CHARLES DARWIN AND THE ENCHANTED ARCHIPELAGO

  • CHARLES & BARNY: A TALE OF FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN A MAN AND A BARNACLE.

Alan Dove added several others, of which my favorites were:

  • PIRATES OF THE GALÁPAGOS

  • SELECTING FOR NEMO

Feel free to make your own suggestions in the comments! No need to stick to the Indiana Jones/Harry Potter format!