Jun 18

Angels & Demons Production Banned from Filming in Church

The ongoing production of Angels & Demons, the prequel to Dan Brown’s novel “The Da Vinci Code,” was not granted permission by the diocese of Rome to film in two churches. The novel drew anger and protest from church leaders worldwide because of the idea that Jesus married and fathered children. The story likewise depicted the conservative Catholic Movement “Opus Dei” as a murderous cult.

The crew requested filming in the churches of Santa Maria del Popolo and Santa Maria della Vittoria. It would have been the perfect setting for the story with the churches which would include paintings by Caravaggio, sculptures by Bernini and a chapel designed by Raphael.

According to Monsignor Fibbi of the diocese, “the film treats religious issues in a way that contrasts with common religious sentiment.” Although they might be assisting in creating a work of art, it does not conform to their views. Nevertheless, he mentioned that the crew will not be banned from filming the exterior of the churches.

The second movie from Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series is was delayed due to the writer’s strike in the US that started late last year. Now that the film has commenced production, screening is targeted by May 2009. Tom Hanks reprises his role as Langdon and the film is directed by Ron Howard.

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