The Vatican is reportedly considering a boycott of Ron Howard’s second Dan Brown adaptation, Angels & Demons. The film, the sequel to the Da Vinci Code, which itself drew scorn from the Catholic church, is coming up in the next few months and the Vatican’s official newspaper has said the church ‘cannot approve’ of the movie.
In addition to this, daily newspaper La Stampa said the Vatican may well call for a boycott of the film, although is did quote another official from the church who said it was aware of causing a ‘boomerang effect’ where a criticism from the church will inadvertantly promote the film. A similar thing could well be attributed to the success of the Da Vinci Code book and movie, both which benefited from being controversial in the eyes of Catholic religious figures.
They may well be right, but I can’t see it stopping the commercial success of the film, especially given that the book of Angels & Demons was also a blockbuster. The built-in audience is already there and any more anger from the church will just promote the film which causes no offence to me outside of the fact that it could be as shitty as the Da Vinci Code. Maybe they could call for a boycott of the film on the grounds that Dan Brown is a horrible writer and the film will almost certainly suck.