Amazon Prime Video has signed a new film: 'Radioactive', a biopic of pioneering radioactivity scientist Marie Curie.
The film will cover Curie's science work as well as her romantic life. It's an adaptation of Lauren Redniss' graphic novel 'Radioactive'. Rosamund Pike ('Gone Girl') will play Curie.
Marjane Satrapi ('Persepolis') will produce. It's written by Jack Thorne ('National Treasure').
According to Satrapi, the movie is more than a typical biopic. "This film is not just a biopic about this exceptional woman," she said. "It tells the story of radioactivity from its discovery until today, the humanist approach of the Curie couple with their discovery, the cynicism of some about its use and the effect it has had on our world until today."
Amazon will handle the rights globally except in Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand and the UK, where Studiocanal will distribute.
Production has just started, so there's no word of a release date just yet.
Amazon will be hoping projects like this turn into hits, and gain its original content arm some much-needed plaudits. One of its biggest hits, 'Transparent', was rocked recently when its star Jeffrey Tambor was fired following allegations of sexual impropriety. Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, resigned at the end of last year following similar allegations.