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Paramount to make movie about Dover

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According to Variety, the studio just hired Ronald Harwood to write a screenplay based on last year’s court decision ruling that a Pennsylvania school board didn’t have the right to force teachers to teach intelligent design. (Interestingly, the film’s producer was thinking “movie” from the very start, so much so that she actually sent someone to watch and take notes on the trial – does that show clever foresight or a disturbing tendency to turn every major news story into tomorrow’s blockbuster? Both?) In Harwood’s eyes, his benchmark is Inherit the Wind, the play and film that told the story of the famous Scopes trial, which allowed evolution into (Tennessee) classrooms in the first place. “Our aspiration is to make a film that powerful…We have a highly emotional case that divided a town right down the middle, and a judge whose summary was spectacular.”

Harwood is currently doing a rewrite on Baz Luhrmann’s mysterious Outback Romance, but as soon as he finishes that, it’s all intelligent design, all the time.

http://www.cinematical.com/2006/03/15/paramount-takes-on-intelligent-design/

14 Replies to “Paramount to make movie about Dover

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    Joseph says:

    Ummm, what is going to happen when it is uncovered that no one was forced to teach Intelligent Design (in Dover or anywhere else)? I take it nothing at all. For if the facts don’t fit the story then throw out the facts and keep the story.

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    StuartHarris says:

    If Paramount’s purpose is to slam ID with an Inherit the Wind stereotype, Mr. Harwood may be very busy writing a lot more screenplays. I understand that efforts to teach ID and the failures of Darwinism are being mounted nearly 40 states.

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    Roger says:

    I can see it now. Tom Cruise as Michael Behe and Jessica Simpson as Eugenie Scott.

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    Now we come to the bleak reality of the Evolution debate: politics.

    Teaching anything in the ponderous public sector (Big Government) school systems of the world requires the involvement of the equally ponderous private sector publishing industries (Big Media).

    Anyone can verify this by watching news coverage of the endless Middle East crises. An extension of the public education system, don’t you know?

    Lester C. Thurow wrote a book on Economics called “The Zero Sum Society”. A relevant overview could be stated briefly as follows: Once central systems of belief (economic, scientific, religous …) are legislated by a society, any attempts to re-open the debate meets with diminishing return (the zero sum).

    This is because whole tribes of humanity (ecomonists, scientists, lawyers, politicians, …) become wholly dependent on these specific laws for their continued survival. Any attempt at change is met with real screams of agony.

    So trying to persuade a public school system (government, publishers)to change their doctrine on the origin of life would be about as futile as getting the economies of the world to stop relying fossil fuel.

    Governments, Economies and other tribal systems rise and fall based on their legislated beliefs. They rarely (cannot?) change direction in midstream. Once legislated, they are at the point of no return (the zero sum). That is the socio-political reality.

    Demski in 2008? Bill for Prez? The times, they are a-changing.

    Lester C. Thurow

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    Mats says:

    ..and Robert de Niro as Ken Miller.

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    crandaddy says:

    I sure hope this isn’t Inherit the Wind 2!!! Surely our modern sensibilities would not allow another slanderous propaganda piece of that magnitude to be made again!

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    jasonng says:

    IDists need to make their own counter film, distribute it any way they can and make sure it gets more coverage than this, which is almost certainly going to set the new standard for materialist propaganda. Inherit the Wind will look creationist compared to this.

    Did anyone read the comments being posted on that blog? Apparently those propagandists believe that anything that is fiercely pro-Darwin is not slanted at all. Personally I find the most annoying people are those that tell me to “shut up” whenever I make a good point. Maybe the propagandists were bullied when they were kids and now they’re pouring out their hate onto the “fundamentalist boogeymen” that we all surely are. 🙁

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    crandaddy says:

    “Did anyone read the comments being posted on that blog? Apparently those propagandists believe that anything that is fiercely pro-Darwin is not slanted at all.”

    Understand, Jason, that these people are defending their religious worldview. Don’t even try to argue or reason with them because you just can’t. Just take what they say with a grain of salt, and when they call you a “fundamentalist boogeyman”, laugh at the irony and move on.

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    Scott says:

    That’s a tremendous insight, bigtalktheory. Well put.

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    Isn’t Zero Sum the book that extolled the Soviet economy circa 1980?

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    Joseph says:

    Roger said:
    Jessica Simpson as Eugenie Scott.

    Nah. Jessica is too smart for that role…

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    ajl says:

    “I sure hope this isn’t Inherit the Wind 2!!! Surely our modern sensibilities would not allow another slanderous propaganda piece of that magnitude to be made again! ”

    ever hear of Michael Moore or George Clooney?

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    dougmoran says:

    jasonng: I posted the question on that blog under the name “Doug” simply asking what they thought would be the “slant” of the movie. I wanted to see how they would react to a simple non-judgmental open-ended question that seems reasonable. The result is revealing.

    crandaddy’s advice is the best – laugh at the irony and move on. But sometimes it’s hard to do that without taking a parting shot… 🙂

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    jasonng says:

    “I wanted to see how they would react to a simple non-judgmental open-ended question that seems reasonable. The result is revealing.”

    The Darwinian propaganda machine knows how to do its work. In many ways it’s even more powerful than the propaganda put out by various governments in history in that it’s so subtle that most people, even on the outside, don’t realize the extent to which some people are being brainwashed. 😉

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