Friday, March 5, 2010

Catholics Sue Over "Mistreatment" of Christ Statue... in a Movie!

The Catholic Church is threatening to sue over director Roland Emmerich's treatment of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the apocalyptic flick, 2012. According to their lawyers, the movie was specifically denied the right to show the statue being destroyed in the movie, but deliberately did so anyway. The lawyers claim people of "many faiths" were offended by the imagery and want Columbia Pictures to state that it did not intend to offend anyone.

Columbia Pictures says they did have permission to "destroy" the statue - from the sculptor's estate, not the Church. While a spokesperson said they hope to speak with the archdiocese to resolve the matter, but reports say an "amicable agreement" has yet to be reached.

According to some, the Church manages the copyrights related to the statue, erected in 1931. Because the sculptor died in 1961, whomever controls the copyright will continue to do so until 2031, when it technically enters the public domain.

A lawsuit has yet to be filed though talks have been going on since December of last year.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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