Actor Tom Hanks is in Rome for the filming of
Angels and Demons, a film adaptation of the book by Dan
Director Ron Howard is working on the film version of
Brown’s novel, following up on his previous cinematic rendition of
another novel by the same author, The Da Vinci Code. Scenes are
already being staged around the Pantheon in Rome.
production of Angels and Demons will cost more than $100 million. The
film is due to make its appearance in theaters next summer.
Well, if this movie was going to be made anyway I
don’t think that this is necessarily bad news. The Da Vinci Code was
pretty much a flop in the United State and got only a 25% rating from
Rotten Tomatoes. Even fans of the book found the movie boring. Ron
Howard also directed How the Grinch Stole Christmas which was a
terrible piece of film making. Ron Howard certainly seems to fail at
adaptations, though his films with Russell Crowe are quite good along
with his comedies.
So maybe we can pray that he will be just as good of
director as he was for the previous Dan Brown movie and How the
Grinch Stole Christmas, though I guess that would be a pretty mean
prayer. Then again the plot for Angels and Demons is not as bad
towards the Church as The Da Vinci Code anyway. It is rather silly
taking place in Vatican City with illuminati, antimatter, a Pope
with a son from artificial insemination, and a murderous Camerlengo,
and theological nonsense about being able to force a link between God
and Man via science.
I am still convinced as I wrote before that Ron
Howard’s animus towards the Church is that he mistakenly thinks that
Opus Dei is Latin for Opie Die.