Over at Amy Welborn's Open Book blog, Barbara Nicolosi has this report on TDVC movie:
The buzz on the streets here in Hollywood is that the film is embarrassingly bad. The studio has stirctly limied the MPAA screening - usually about 500-800 people - to only 100 people. No one is getting in to advance screenings which has everybody saying things like, "The only time studios act this way is when they have a Class A Dud on their hands."
The script is a dud. The ultra-weird transitions from people running from long-winded seminars on ecclesiastical history to murderous Opus Dei assassins to Biblical period flashbacks of Jesus and Mary Magdalen looking tenderly at each other made me laugh at loud.
Sony knows they will only have devastating word of mouth on this one. So they have to get everybody in the first weekend.
This is certainly encouraging. Could the movie be as bad as the novel, from both a creative and historical perspective? If so, Howard and Hanks have sunk lower than most fans would have ever thought possible.