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Firm scouts area for ‘Celestine Prophecy’ film

Gainesville Sun, USA
Jan. 24, 2004
Cindry Swirko, Sun Staff Writer • Wednesday February 11, 2004

A film official said no decision has been made on filming in the region.

A production company interested in turning the best-selling novel “The Celestine Prophecy” into a movie has been scouting locations in Alachua and Marion counties.

Jude Hagin, commissioner for Film Commission of Real Florida, said she has been working around the clock showing potential sites to the movie’s representatives.

Hagin said no decisions have been made on whether parts of the film will be shot in the region.

“We were scouting today. We are working our butts off to try to get them to come here,” Hagin said Thursday. “This is their third trip here. That is terrific, but that doesn’t mean they are coming. We are looking at locations in Alachua and Marion. We have also scouted Sumter County and Levy County. We are delighted they are here.”

The book by James Redfield was published in October 1997, spent weeks at No. 1 on the New York Times best-sellers’ list and has birthed a cottage industry of related learning guides, music, poetry and other materials.

A review in Publisher’s Weekly described it as a saga that “begins when the unnamed middle-aged male narrator whimsically quits his nondescript life to track down an ancient Peruvian manuscript (pretentiously called the Manuscript) containing nine Insights that supposedly prophesy the modern emergence of New Age spirituality.”

The Peruvian government and Roman Catholic Church try to get the manuscript, believing its message undermines traditional family values.

The book has its critics, who describe it as a poorly written religious tract in the guise of a novel.

Hagin would not say who is producing the movie or whether any top Hollywood talent is involved.

Redfield on the Web site wrote in August that the screenplay is completed and meetings are being held with potential investors.

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