Thursday, March 17, 2005

'Da Vinci Code' Producers Likely to Be Hit by Catholic Church

Portending problems for the producers of the film version of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code, a Catholic cardinal on Wednesday said that the book's success demonstrates "a great anti-Catholic prejudice." Interviewed on Vatican Radio, Genoa Cardinal Tarciscio Bertone said that the book was "full of lies" about the founders of the Catholic faith and added: "My appeal is: Don't read and don't buy" the book. The film version, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, is due to start production in May.