Vatican Says No to Ron Howard's Da Vinci Sequel

Ron Howard is in production right now in Italy with the sequel to Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" entitled "Angels And Demons," but apparently could not get permission to shoot scenes in a couple of churches.

Permission was requested last year to shoot in the churches of Santa Maria del Popolo and Santa Maria della Vittoria, but both the Roman government and the Vatican (who both need to agree) said no:

"We often provide our churches to productions whose purposes are compatible with religious sentiment," said Father Marco Fibbi, a spokesman for the Rome diocese.

"But not when the film pursues a type of fantasy that damages common religious sentiment, as in the case of 'The Da Vinci Code,' " he added.

Its a minor setback, and this is mostly a non-issue. No doubt Ron will just shoot somewhere else and make it look the way he wants.

According to Wikipedia, Angels & Demons follows Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, as he tries to stop what seems to be the Illuminati, a legendary secret society, from destroying the Vatican City with the newly-discovered power of antimatter.

I sure hope the film looks better than that premise sounds.

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