Movie director Roland Emmerich cites 'fatwa fear' for not 'destroying' Mecca

Movie director Roland Emmerich cites 'fatwa fear' for not 'destroying' Mecca November 12, 2009

FANCY revelling in the destruction of the Sistine Chapel, and see the toppling of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro? Then get yourselves off to see Roland Emmerich’s global demolition derby of a movie, 2012, which opens in UK cinemas tomorrow.
In his latest offering the director again gets to indulge his passion for destroying famous landmarks, this time including religious ones, on a biblical scale.
In his previous flicks, Emmerich’s destroyed the Empire State Building and the White House (Independence Day), sent a giant monster into the middle of Manhattan (Godzilla), blew away the famous Hollywood sign and the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles (The Day After Tomorrow) and savaged New York – again – by flooding and then freezing it (also The Day After Tomorrow).

But if you’re expecting to see an Islamic icon take a hit – dream on.

Kaaba - the one that got away.
True, Emmerich – who is “against organised religion” – wanted to trash the Kaaba, the cube-shaped building at the heart of Mecca, but bottled out. The director said:

Well, I wanted to do that, I have to admit. But my co-writer Harald said ‘I will not have a fatwa on my head because of a movie’. And he was right. … We have to all … in the Western world … think about this. You can actually … let … Christian symbols fall apart, but if you would do this with [an] Arab symbol, you would have … a fatwa, and that sounds a little bit like what the state of this world is. So it’s just something which I kind of didn’t [think] was [an] important element, anyway, in the film, so I kind of left it out.

Ah well, maybe if Geert Wilders manages to find the funds for a more ambition movie than Fitna, this sorry omission will be rectified. 2012 reputedly cost $200-million. You could flatten the Kaaba for real for a fraction of that price. I am joking, of course!

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