Saturday, August 13, 2005

The Da Vinci Code Movie May Not Be Worth Seeing

I loved the Da Vinci Code book by Dan Brown and I was excited when I heard they were making it into a movie, but I'm beginning to think the movie won't be worth seeing if the New York Daily News is correct:

"In May 2006, Sony Pictures will release the big-screen version of Dan Brown's mega-best-seller. Since it was published in 2003, 'Da Vinci' has captivated readers - and exasperated Christians - with its core contention: That Jesus had a child with Mary Magdalene, and the Church conspired to keep women out of power.

The movie, now being filmed by Howard, could alienate some audiences if it sticks to that plot. So the studio reportedly has been conferring with Catholic experts on how to soften the story - a tactic that could backfire with both secular and devout moviegoers."


Msgr. Francis Maniscalco of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' office said the book's image of the Church and of Opus Dei - a Catholic fundamentalist sect - are a distortion, and a film showing them as villains is unwelcome.

There's a rumor that Robert Novak is a member of Opus Dei.