Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Paul Bettany
Plot: A murder inside the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years -- which could shake the foundations of Christianity.
Audrey Tautou revealed that, during her audition, she asked if she could take a photo of Ron Howard and Tom Hanks to prove that she's actually met them.
The French Inspector's name Bezu Fache, is a crude pun; in French, the words roughly translate to "angry fucker". This alludes to Fache's short-tempered attitude.
To protect both the fabric of the building and the works of art it contains, the production's use of the Louvre Museum in Paris was carefully controlled. For instance, no equipment was allowed inside the Louvre during the opening hours, so filming took place at night. Since the crew were not permitted to shine light on the Mona Lisa, a replica was used to film instead. No blood or mysterious writings were permitted on the wooden floor of the museum so these scenes were shot at Pinewood Studios outside London. In the end, 5 replicas of the Mona Lisa were used.
There is a gargoyle spied by Sophie inside Rosslyn Chapel that is modeled after Ron Howard's face.
According to Jean Reno, Dan Brown wrote the part of Captain Fache with him in mind.
Bishop Manuel Aringarosa's surname, if taken as two Italian words ("aringa" and "ros(s)a"), translates to "red herring". This foreshadows the Bishop's being a suspected antagonist.
Ron Howard's first envisioned choice for the role of Robert Langdon was Bill Paxton. Paxton was interested but turned it down because of scheduling conflicts. 'Russell Crowe (I)' was then seriously considered for the role but ultimately Howard decided on his long-time friend Tom Hanks for the role.
Though not mentioned in the film, Langdon is wearing a vintage Mickey Mouse watch as in the book. The watch is clearly visible when Langdon is wringing his hands in the security truck scene.
24 (2001) creator Joel Surnow thought that "The DaVinci Code" would provide a great storyline for the show's third season. Surnow asked his boss, producer Brian Grazer about acquiring the film rights to the book. Author Dan Brown had no intention of his book being adapted for a TV show, and rejected their bid.
The release of the movie sparked so much controversy that it's initial release was delayed in India due to the protest of devout Christians. They even lobbied to have the movie banned in India.
Julie Delpy lobbied for the lead role, but she was ultimately turned down.
Author Dan Brown has a cameo in the film. When Robert Langdon is talking with the police during the signing party for his book, he is seen to the left of Tom Hanks immediately after the line "We found your name in his daily planner." He is wearing the Harris Tweed jacket from his dust jacket publicity photo.
While they are hiding in his car from the police, Teabing turns and says "People rarely see what's right in front of them." This is another clue that he is to betray Langdon and Neveu.
The statue of Janus in Teabing's library foreshadows Teabing being two-faced, betraying Langdon and Neveu for his own ends.