A widely circulated Internet report that Steven Spielberg was planning to produce a trilogy of films exposing Christian brutality has been denounced as a hoax and "mean prank" by the filmmaker's chief spokesman.
"It was a gargantuan risk," says Mark Ordesky of the studio's decision to gamble $270 million on a project never before attempted in film history: making three films at once on a 274-day shooting schedule. "Without question, my job was at stake."
The erudite professor of philology and expert in Norse languages wrote books about dragons and trolls and elves and wizards. The devout Roman Catholic purged any mention of Christianity from the 500,000 pages of his epic, "The Lord of the Rings," series.