TV viewers have already sort of gotten used to this type of news, but now movie fans will have to adjust to it as well: the ongoing writers strike has claimed its first movie victim, this time it’s the production of “Angels and Demons”, the prequel/sequel to the unfathomably popular “The Da Vinci Code”. The movie, also based on the novel by Dan Brown and once again set to star Tom Hanks and be directed by Ron Howard, was originally scheduled to roll soon for a 2008 release, but citing problems with the script by Akiva Goldman (who because of the strike is unable to “fix” whatever is wrong with it), Columbia Pictures has decided to push the film back for a 2009 release instead. Of course, if the strike is still in full swing by then, well, 2010, maybe?
“While the filmmakers and the studio feel the screenplay is very strong, we do not believe it is the fully realized production draft required of this ambitious project,” Columbia said. “At this time, there is no new start date, but we are setting a release date of May 15, 2009.”
Get used to it, boys. Fans of Heroes already knows what this strike is costing them, and now all you millions who ran to see “The Da Vinci Code” (it made $753 million worldwide) when it opened will just have to wait another year. Or more…
More about “Angels and Demons”:
[“The Da Vinci Code”] teamed up Langdon with a young French cryptologist to solve a murder entwined with the works of Leonardo Da Vinci and a supposed alternate history of Christianity.
A central premise of the story was that Jesus fathered a child by Mary Magdalene, and that a clandestine society has for centuries protected the identity of Christ’s living descendants from agents of the Catholic Church.
In “Angels,” another murder investigation leads Langdon on a quest to thwart a plot by an ancient group, the Illuminati, to blow up the Vatican during a papal conclave.
The good news is that both Hanks and Howard are back for the sequel/prequel. I mean, that is good news, right?