SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – First a controversial book, now Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith is a possible Blockbuster.
Under the Banner of Heaven is an investigative non-fiction book published in 2003. Now, Warner Bros. wants the movie rights.
If Warner Bros. is granted the movie rights, Ron Howard will direct the screen adaptation of Under the Banner of Heaven. When the news came down that this was a possibility Wednesday, it didn’t take long to find an upset Utahn at Temple Square.
“I'm disappointed in that. I'd hate to see the movie produced.”
Jon Krakauer gives historical background into the Mormon faith while telling the story of Ron and Dan Lafferty. They were two Utah brothers who killed their sister-in-law Brenda Lafferty and her 15-month-old daughter back in the mid 1980's. This murder is believed to be the consequence of two men who were submerged in extreme, fundamental Mormon beliefs. When the book was released nine years ago, Richard Turley, a leader in the LDS Church told ABC 4, “The real danger is that some people will somehow or another confuse, because of his writing, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Ladder Day Saints with these unconnected Mormon Fundamentalists.”
Ron and Dan Lafferty belonged to the School of Prophets. Here they deepened their so-called Mormon faith. Ron called himself the “Voice of God” and Dan was the self-proclaimed “Arm of God”. This church believed in “revelations”, some of which told them to “remove” people: people like Brenda Lafferty.
“Yes, I think I noted that as a revelation that I received while I was in the school of prophets, yes,” said Ron Lafferty in a Death Row interview with ABC 4.
In response to the LDS Church’s opposition, Krakauer says he is simply telling history like it is. He goes on to say that the Church is upset because they like to have control over how their Mormon past is told and presented.
Mormon believers and LDS Church leaders maintain Lafferty’s historical references are not accurate.
“If you're looking for a serious work on the history of the LDS church, this is not it,” said Turley back in 2003.