Producer Jeremy Thomas is planning a movie about Charles Darwin, to be written by John Collee and directed by Jon Amiel, says Variety.
The project is based on “Annie’s Box,” a biography of Darwin by Randall Keynes, the great-great grandson of the Victorian scientist.
It focuses on the period when Darwin was writing “The Origin of the Species,” his ground-breaking treatise on evolution, while living a family life at Down House in Kent, near London.
Thomas plans to have the movie ready for release in 2009, the bicentennial of Darwin’s birth. With Collee (Happy Feet) currently working on the script, Thomas expects to shoot next year, on location at Down House.