It would appear that the pope is not a Dan Brown fan. The Vatican has refused to allow star Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard to film scenes from author Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” prequel, “Angels and Demons,” on its holy territory.
The entire film is set in Rome, and Sony Pictures applied for permission to film two key scenes inside the churches of Santa Maria del Popolo and Santa Maria della Vittoria.
The plot of the book sees Mr Langdon arriving in Santa Maria della Vittoria to find a cardinal being set on fire.
However, the scene will now be shot on a soundstage after the diocese of Rome closed its doors against the producers. Father Marco Fibbi, a spokesman, said: “Usually we read the script but in this case it wasn’t necessary. Just the name Dan Brown was enough. “
He added that most films are given permission, as long as they respect the “traditions of the Church”. Father Fibbi said: “Angels and Demons peddles a type of fantasy that damages our common religious beliefs, just like The Da Vinci Code did.”