Peter Hall: No Islamic Landmarks Were Harmed in the Making of ‘2012’

The new disaster movie 2012 features many religious and cultural landmarks destroyed by a series of natural disasters, but when director Roland Emmerich wanted to include the Kaaba in the visual wrath, his co-screenwriter Harald Kloser talked him out of it: “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.”