Da Vinci Code

From the NY Times. Da Vinci Code is being filmed under intense secrecy and Catholic groups are not happy with how they may be portrayed. Fact is the new conservative Pope’s election kind of fits with the plot line of the book. Watch out Ron Howard; Opus Dei had some serious hit men (and I think a nun too).

The book, which is fiction, takes aim at central Christian dogma, claiming that Jesus had a child with Mary Magdalene, who was meant to be his true heir. It alleges an enormous coverup by the Roman Catholic Church, which, according to the book, usurped Mary’s place in favor of a male-oriented hierarchy that has suppressed what Mr. Brown calls the “sacred feminine.”

Even before production began, the studio and the producers Brian Grazer and John Calley received letters from groups like the Catholic League and Opus Dei expressing concern.

The Catholic League asked that Mr. Howard include a disclaimer acknowledging that the movie is fiction. Opus Dei, a conservative Catholic group, was particularly worried about its own depiction, because it is a central villain in the book. “The novel portrays Opus Dei in a completely inaccurate way; if the movie does the same thing it’s something we’d be concerned about,” Brian Finnerty, a spokesman for the group, said.

Studio officials have consulted with Catholic and other Christian specialists on how they might alter the plot of the novel to avoid offending the devout. In doing so, the studio has been asked to consider such measures as making the central premise – that Jesus had a child with Mary Magdalene – more ambiguous, and removing the name of Opus Dei.

Sprinkling Holy Water on the ‘Da Vinci Code NY Times Aug. 3, 2005

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