A spokesman in Rome said yesterday that Opus Dei was collaborating in the production of a full-length feature film on the life of its founder, Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer. The producers said they were hoping to enlist Antonio Banderas and Robert De Niro for the leading roles.
Opus Dei’s spokesman denied a report in the Italian daily La Repubblica, which quoted a source close to the producers as saying Opus Dei had put up "several tens of millions of dollars" in a bid to re-burnish its image.
"Opus Dei is not funding the film, but it would be a consultant to the project," he said.
A spokeswoman for the producers, Lux Vide, said: "For the big parts, we would like De Niro and Banderas. But I say ‘would like’ because there are no contracts yet."
Rome-based Lux Vide has made several big-budget religious films, including a made-for-TV biopic on the late John Paul II starring Jon Voight and Christopher Lee.
This has already been reported in other sources. The movie is entitled “The Work,” it was written by Barbara Nicolosi, and Roland Joffe is the director. See this article by Deal Hudson: http://dealwhudson.typepad.com/deal_w_hudson/2006/12/catholic_film_o.html
I wonder if Maria de Carmen Tapia will be asked to advise on the script? I hope so…
That is great news to hear Jeff!