"Da Vinci Code" under investigation in Italy

  1. By Eric J. Lyman Reuters - Tuesday, June 19 01:54 am
    TAORMINA, Italy (Hollywood Reporter) - More than a year after its premiere, "The Da Vinci Code" is being investigated by Italian state attorneys on the grounds that it is "obscene" from a religious perspective.
    Earlier this year, a complaint against the film was filed by a group of clergy near the Italian village of Civitavecchia, where the state prosecutor's office said it would open a criminal investigation into the film. The complaint says the film violates Article 528 of Italy's Penal Code.
    The complaint names 10 people, including director Ron Howard and author Dan Brown.
    The investigation means the case will have its day in court in the seaside port village about 40 miles north of Rome, though a judge could elect to throw out the charges. But it is significant that the state prosecutor agreed to investigate it.
    It is unclear what the unnamed complainants -- reported by the state prosecutor to be Catholic clergy from the area -- are seeking.
    Under the terms of Article 528 of the Penal Code, if found guilty the defendants will have a criminal record in Italy and would each face jail time of at least three months and fines of at least 103 euros (70 pounds). Jail time is capped at three years, but there is no upward limit on the fines, legal experts said. The defendants cannot be extradited for the charges, but they can be apprehended if they are already on Italian soil.
    The development comes as Howard is beginning preproduction work here on "Angels and Demons," the highly awaited sequel to "Da Vinci," also authored by Brown.
    Asked why the case is being opened now, some 13 months after the film debuted at least year's Cannes Film Festival, an official at the Civitavecchia state prosecutor said he wasn't sure.
    "I don't know," the official said in a telephone interview. "Maybe they (the clergy who filed the complaint) have just seen the film."
    Both the book and film version of "Da Vinci" attracted widespread criticism from religious groups, but this appears to be the first time parties have taken legal action against the work.
    Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

    I bought the book when the movie came out, but I only just recently finished it. I haven't seen the movie, though.

    When the book was released, the Vatican was all up in arms because it was 'blasphemous.'

    I think everyone's making too big of a deal over it. It's a fictional conspiracy theory. Nothing more.
  2. Those people have nothing better to do with their lives then freak out over some movie? they need to (stfu) really.
    I've read all of his books and I had no idea they were doing Angels and Demons!! That's so exciting, although I hated the DaVinci Code (horrible acting jobs, atrocious script) so I hope this one will be much better!
  3. angels & Denoms is a great book better than the Da Vinci code but it also contains thing that will offend the church (don't want to spoil the plot for those that haven't read it) I guess they think they'll be doing filming in Italy (book is based in Rome) and the possibility of arrest and getting lost in the Italian legal system (which is far from great) will slow down or maybe even stop the production,