In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of hit movies, with a religious edge to each.
Filmmaker M Night Shyamalan admitted he came to Signs off the back of the mixed response to his previous film, Unbreakable. He came up with a project initially for an older actor, that blended two key ideas – and the bidding war in Hollywood for the film was a swift one.
There was a bidding war too for the screen rights to Dan Brown’s extraordinarily successful book, The Da Vinci Code. At first, there was a chance it could go to TV, but $6m of Sony’s money did the job – and a whole lot of controversy was just around the corner…
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