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Gulfstream Pictures has acquired the feature film rights to Richard N. Goodwin’s play The Hinge of the World, which focuses on the clash between astronomer Galileo Galilei and Pope Urban VIII, it was announced Wednesday by Gulfstream partners Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.
Goodwin’s play explores the science, faith and politics as it depicts how Galileo tried to convince the 17th century pope that Earth was not the center of the universe.
“The battle between Galileo and Pope Urban really plays out in an exciting and intriguing way, with the earth’s true place in the world hanging in the balance,” Bindley said in announcing the deal.
Hinge is the first play by Goodwin, the former presidential speech writer, who served as an aide to John F. Kennedy and counsel to Lyndon B. Johnson and also served as special counsel to the Legislative Oversight Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives. His 1988 memoir Remembering America: A Voice From the Sixties, which recounted the investigation into the Twenty One Quiz Show scandal, was the basis for Robert Redford’s 1994 film Quiz Show.
Goodwin, who resides in Concord, Mass., with his wife, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, was repped in the deal by WME.
The Warner Bros.-based Gulfstream released Mother’s Day, through Open Road Films, on April 29. It is currently developing the romantic drama Balanchine, based on the life of ballet choreographer George Balanchine, and King David, based on Rabbi David Wolpe’s book David: The Divided Heart.
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