New Hampshire attorney Alfred Thomas Catalfo told the Boston Herald he got the idea for his spoof, "The Norman Rockwell Code," after reading Dan Brown's bestseller.
Catalfo's 35-minute film is set in the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., and invokes Langford Fife, the son of "The Andy Griffith Show's" comical deputy, as his his symbologist.
After the curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum is killed, Fife "sets out to uncover the clues hidden in the paintings of Norman Rockwell," says a description on Catalfo's Web site, www.thenormanrockwellcode.com.
"I like the idea of taking that very, very heavy concept and really very European concept and making it sort of an all-American, mom's apple pie sort of thing," the writer, director and producer told the Herald.
"The Norman Rockwell Code" will make its international debut on the Web site within days, before the May 19 world release of Ron Howard's "The Da Vinci Code."