Monday, January 23, 2006

"Da Vinci Code" Beset By Lawsuits

One UK paper reported that Opus Dei was considering suing the film version of "The Da Vinci Code." Since it didn't quote anyone by name and the only quote given from an anonymous spokesperson (who is annoyed that Opus Dei is portrayed as "secretive!") didn't mention a lawsuit, I ignored it. (You gotta take the British press with a grain of salt.) But now the Times of London is reporting that the authors of the non-fiction work "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" are suing the filmmakers in London and may delay the movie's release in the UK because of it. Hard to understand why they'd bother now and how they can sue the movie but not the internationally famous book it's based on. Surely, the filmmakers had a right to accept the book as unquestioned given its remarkably high profile for the last three years?

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