Monkey Girl at HBO

Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul, my book about a modern day Scopes Monkey Trial, is being developed for film by HBO. Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winner Jeffrey Blitz is directing and writing the screenplay.

The book is based on the Kitzmiller case that divided the small Pennsylvania town of Dover. School board members there had sought to counter the teaching of evolution with a creationism-derived alternative known as Intelligent Design. The school board's actions brought national attention and drew scientific and religious leaders to town, culminating in an epic battle over constitutional questions of faith, science and freedom of religion.

Browse Monkey Girl here. Or listen to my discussion with the judge on the case, U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III, during a Darwin Week event at the Santa Barbara Museum of History.