"The Da Vinci Code," the film version of Dan Brown‘s best-selling novel, may not win any Oscars. But as of Nov 2, it has grossed $756,270,019 worldwide. And on Nov 14, “Code” will earn more with the Special Edition 2-disc DVD containing 90 minutes of special features. Included in the DVD Gift Set: a working replica of the film’s cryptex and a full-sized reproduction of Robert Langdon’s journal.
Bah. That’s nothing.
A new film – “Bloodline” – may offer something even more exciting: Mary Magdalene’s anointing jar.
When we last saw Christ’s favorite disciple (and rumored wife) at the end of “Code,” she was entombed beneath the Louvre in Paris, conveniently right under I. M Pei’s glass pyramid.
But according to local legends, Magdalene set sail after the crucifixion and landed – with a couple of pals, Christ’s child and her trusty anointing jar – at the seaside village of St. Maries de la Mer in the Camargue and she spent the rest of her days preaching in the Languedoc region of SW France.
Some researchers – such as the authors of “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” which reportedly "inspired" Brown’s novel – believe that clues to the whereabouts of Maggie’s tomb are contained in or nearby the tiny church at Rennes-Le-Chateau, perhaps hidden by the late priest Abbe Berenger Sauniere.
Not coincidentally, that’s precisely the area where the “Bloodline” team has been exploring and researching for three years.
Along with what appears to be an underground tomb, the filmmakers say they’ve discovered a small wooden chest containing a six-inch tall vessel that may be an anointing jar, a glass vial containing a parchment and a stash of coins. The filmmakers claim that eight of these coins were in circulation during the time of Jesus.
Sacre bleu! Is possible? Have they found… Christ’s laundry money?
Needless to say, the “Bloodline” producers are pretty darn excited. They also claim to be in contact with a Priory of Sion rep who let slip (on camera) that the secretive order possesses an irrefutable “body of evidence” about Mary Magdalene and Christ’s whereabouts.
Producer Rene Barnett says: “It’s too early to say but it’s very possible that their “body of evidence” could be an actual body.”
Or bodies. “Bloodline” isn’t due out until 2007 and the filmmakers are still – literally and figuratively – digging up more details. For info/updates, check out http://www.bloodlinethemovie.com.
Photos courtesy of "Bloodline."