Christian campaign to halt production on Diamond Dead
14th May 04
Since the announcement that Marilyn Manson may well be playing Jesus as a pot-smoker in Romero's upcoming Diamond Dead film, the website has been bombarded with emails from 'offended Christians' calling for a halt to the production of the film.
Andrew Gaty writes on the website;
"We have received quite number of emails complaining about the possibility of Marilyn Manson in the role of Jesus Christ and about the scene in Heaven with Dr. Diabolicus and Jesus smoking pot.
It appears that there is a campaign being organized to stop production of the movie. It is not out of the question that this may be a bit of a worry to some of the studios who may be interested in distributing our movie. If this happens, so be it.
The reason why we have posted these emails is that we felt we should not censor comments. Also, we set out from the start to answer all questions, so we thought it fair to allow this group to have their say.
We stand by our project and will not make any changes to accommodate the radical and biased comments.
There are two more rewrites, which have not been posted and at least one more rewrite coming from George, so these comments are way too premature.
We regret that some might find parts of the script offensive, but those who are offended have an easy choice: donít see the movie."
The film, based on a script by Brian Cooper, follows an aspiring female singer's attempt to join an up-and-coming garage band, only to accidentally cause their demises. She makes a deal with Death to bring the group back, whereupon they become an overnight success.
The only problem: she must now complete her side of the bargain by killing 365 people in just one year.
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