A new movie about Saint Josemaria Escriva’s early years placed during the Spanish Civil War has been produced and will be released in 2010 A.D. titled, There Be Dragons.
Saint Josemaria Escriva was born in 1902 A.D. in Barbastro, Spain. Later at the age of 26 in Madrid Saint Josemaria started the apostolate that would eventually be called the Work of God, or simply Opus Dei, in pre-Civil War Spain in October of 1928 A.D. Opus Dei would experience delays in progress with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 A.D. This is the period that the setting of the movie is placed in.
A film based on Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei, is being filmed in Argentina titled, There Be Dragons. The movie is set in the years running up and including the Spanish Civil War.
There Be Dragons is being directed by Roland Joffe, the same director who filmed The Mission which starred Robert Di Niro and Jeremy Irons about Jesuit missionaries in 18th century South America. The movie will Scottish star Dougray Scott of Mission Impossible II fame as a reporter and English star Charlie Cox as the saint himself.
Father John Wauck of Opus Dei seems to be the adviser to Mr. Joffe. Mr. Joffe rejected an earlier script provided by Opus Dei for one that he wrote and has said he experienced no interference whatsoever from the personal prelature which is funding the film.
The expected release date is Summer or Autumn of next year (2010).
To read more about the film, There Be Dragons, by The Catholic Herald of Britain click here.
To learn more about Saint Josemaria Escriva de Blaguer click here.
To learn more about Opus Dei click here.
To read more about the film The Mission click here.
For more information on There Be Dragons click here.
National Catholic Register has a top ten movie priest list here. They have some great films on that list, and I would like to suggest a few more: