"Da Vinci Code" Under Criminal Investigation
One year after the premiere of the Hollywood blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code", the authorities in Italy have begun criminal investigation into the Ron Howard movie on the grounds that it is "obscene" from a religious perspective.
As Hollywood press reports, group of clergy near the Italian village of Civitavecchia filed a complaint against the movie naming 10 people, including director Ron Howard and author Dan Brown, and the state prosecutor agreed to open the investigation.
The case will have its day in court in the seaside port village about 40 miles north of Rome and if found guilty the defendants will have a criminal record in Italy and would each face jail time of at least three months, or a maximum of 3 years.
The defendants cannot be extradited for the charges but they can be apprehended if they are already on Italian soil. Meanwhile, the director Howard has already begun pre-production work on the sequel "Angels and Demons."