Chase Palmer has been hired to write and direct the history pic, Evolution's Captain, for Focus Features.

The film is based on the 2003 book Evolution's Captain: The Dark Fate of the Man Who Sailed Charles Darwin Around the World, written by Peter Nichols. The Hollywood Reporter says the novel revolves around Robert FitzRoy, the captain of the HMS Beagle, and the relationship the two developed. The movie will trace the two men's 30-year relationship and their debate over the theory of evolution.

No word yet on a production start for Evolution's Captain.