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    Re: Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'

    Quote Originally Posted by mpg View Post
    The Last Temptation of Christ

    not to mention a zillion documentaries about evolution, teaching evolution in schools, etc, etc, etc
    We are talking mainstream movies here.

    The Last Temptation of Christ doesn't attack Christianity in anyway. It shows Jesus in an alternate life IF he choose to live life as a mortal man rather then die on the cross. His divinity is never in question and in the end he dies on the cross.

    In a similar fashion the Da Vinci Code doesn't attack Christianity either. It just attacks the full extent of the truth the Catholic church has chosen to extend to the world.
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    Re: Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'

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    Who would pay money to see this movie? Unless they have 3D Galapagos turtles fighting for the FBI.
    Are they post turtles?
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    Re: Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'

    Quote Originally Posted by OxymoronP View Post
    Last time I checked people investing their money want to get a return on it.
    What makes you think the movie is going to be a poorly acted and/or badly told story?
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    Re: Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'

    Quote Originally Posted by Gibberish View Post
    What makes you think the movie is going to be a poorly acted and/or badly told story?

    Both those factors dont equal box office returns.

    If you made a movie about the battle of Trenton, with George Washington played by Gerard Butler with cool graphics then you would have yourself a Money maker.


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    Re: Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'

    Meaning that all of the "major" US Distributors have passed on the film, which isn't a surprise. If that is truly the case, it has little to do with American politics, but more with the corporate powers in Hollywood playing it safe, like they always have and will continue to do. Major studio executives need only look at the statistic that 39% of Americans agree with Darwin and they immediately see that it won't make what they consider a decent return theatrically. Not to mention the fact that it's a foreign film, which typically aren't popular here anyway. This certainly isn't anything new. I have no doubt that they could secure an indie US distributor, but I'm sure they feel that their film is far more important than that. Just wait a bit, though. I'm sure there will be a big time American filmmaker who will do a watered down remake with a prettier package and the major studio execs will be chomping at the bit to distribute it.

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    Re: Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'

    Quote Originally Posted by OxymoronP View Post
    Last time I checked people investing their money want to get a return on it.
    Tell that to the people who bankrolled Battlefield Earth

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    Re: Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    Really? Because I seem to remember The Passion being widely controversial. The Last Temptation of Christ...also controversial. Let's see...how many ways is religion poked fun of in comedy?

    Yeah, the idea that we won't touch religion is laughable.
    I didn't say we don't touch religion. Movies are attacked if they touch religion while in a serious manner.

    A non-fiction life story that takes a widely known intellectual figure and showing how he believed religion to be false is quite different then the Family Guy finding Jesus working in a used record shop.
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    Re: Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'

    Quote Originally Posted by OxymoronP View Post
    Both those factors dont equal box office returns.

    If you made a movie about the battle of Trenton, with George Washington played by Gerard Butler with cool graphics then you would have yourself a Money maker.
    Only if he kicks people into pits and says "This is America!"

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    Re: Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'

    Quote Originally Posted by PogueMoran View Post
    Tell that to the people who bankrolled Battlefield Earth
    What a horrid movie. The Scientology churches were vacant the day that movie came out.
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    Re: Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America'

    Quote Originally Posted by OxymoronP View Post
    Both those factors dont equal box office returns.

    If you made a movie about the battle of Trenton, with George Washington played by Gerard Butler with cool graphics then you would have yourself a Money maker.
    What exactly makes a movie good if not the actors and the story? Are you suggesting only action movies make money?
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