Monday, January 02, 2006

Sorry, Mr. Da Vinci, You'll Have to Wait Outside

One of the most anticipated films of all time, The Da Vinci Code, is coming out in May. The action takes place in Paris and London mostly, at many famous spots like the Louvre and Westminster Abbey to name a couple. Although the film crew, led by director Ron Howard, secured many of these locations for filming, Westminster Abbey in London barred the anti-Christian project from their property.

The famous Anglican church (see above) is home to the tombs of many giants of history such as Chaucer, Edmund Spenser, Ben Jonson, Cromwell, Isaac Newton, Handel, Charles Dickens, David Livingstone (I presume), Darwin, Tennyson, Rudyard Kipling, Laurence Olivier... Not to mention Elizabeth I, King James I, and Bloody Mary.

Despite its global and historical significance, bringing in over 1 million tourists a year, the medieval edifice refused to give fliming permission to The Da Vinci Code project, and criticizes those churches that do allow the "theologically unsound" movie to film inside of them.

According to the BBC, the Abbey stated that they cannot "commend or endorse the contentious and wayward religious and historic suggestions made in the book," and that the "factual errors" go beyond theology to simple things like "metal detectors in the Abbey which do not exist and claims that Alexander Pope gave the eulogy at Isaac Newton's funeral."

It seems that Dan Brown is a great fiction writer. A fiction writer. A writer whose research is inaccurate, not only regarding biblical and historical fact, but in the easily researchable area of whether or not their are metal detectors at the entrance to the most prominent church in Britain. Has he even visited the place?