Sunday, September 7, 2008

Exciting Upcoming Bio Films

The trailer for Gus Van Sant's (Good Will Hunting) new film "MILK" recently released and I have to admit, it looks pretty amazing. I'm no fan of Sean Penn, but it seems Van Sant has managed to wean a remarkable performance from the actor.

But perhaps most exciting, a biopic on the life of Charles Darwin is moving forward and already has some big names attached. On the one hand, I'm saddened because I feel like I've been usurped and my idea stolen (I practiced a Darwin biopic pitch at Misher films!). On the other hand, I'm just happy to see such an important and dramatic story coming to fruition.

It's not all good news, though. Darwin can't even get a break in Hollywood. The project was originally titled, "Origin," a rather befitting name. The title has since been changed to "Creation." I'm pretty sure it's an attempt to shove the movie in creationists' faces with an ironic title, but it just doesn't come off as clever or appropriate.


SuiginChou said...

Neither "Origin" nor "Creation" strike me as charming or clever titles. In fact, both are rather blah. Would have killed them to have gone with the age-old standby of the solitary last name, Darwin? I mean hell, you got it in Milk, and they did it with Gandhi, Malcolm X, Kafka, Hoffa, Capote, Pollock, on and on the list goes. And while I can't say whether it sounds more natural because of this precedence or whether this precedence was born out of it sounding more natural to begin with, I can say that I do prefer the simple one-word name for a biographical work of cinema to cheap fluff titles like Origin and Creation.

fulleju said...

I gotta agree. Both of the Titles sound hokey and uninspired, or maybe overly-inspired. "Darwin" would have been a more appropriate and tasteful title that would take focus away from "the title" and sharpen attention on "the content," which, hopefully, will educate a segment of an ignorant public.

That aside, is that Kevin Bacon?!

Jay said...

No, it's Paul bettany, the creepy albino guy from the Da Vinci Code.