CNN is carrying a story stating Britain’s Westminster Abbey has rejected the request by producers of the upcoming movie The Da Vinci Code to film scenes at the 940-year-old London abbey, where British monarchs are crowned, features in the international murder mystery by U.S. author Dan Brown which has been condemned by the Vatican and Anglican Church leaders for distorting the Christian message.
The abbey did make a statement based on its decision, which CNN is carrying:
“Although a real page turner, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ is theologically unsound and we cannot commend or endorse the contentious and wayward religious and historic suggestions made in the book — nor its views of Christianity and the New Testament…It would therefore be inappropriate to film scenes from the book here.”
“We are already receiving regular, daily inquiries related to the book and we expect these to continue and even grow in the next couple of years, even with no effort on our own part, simply because the book is so popular,” the statement continued.
The Da Vinci Code alleges Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children, whereas Christians are taught that Christ never married and was childless when he was crucified, which is obvious reason for certain religious outlets to be upset with the story.
The movie will begin filming very soon and has a release date of May 19, 2006 and will be directed by Ron Howard and stars Tom Hanks, Jean Reno, Audrey Tautou, Alfred Molina, Ian McKellen and the recently announced Paul Bettany, click here to check out the teaser trailer.