Love it or hate it, The Da Vinci Code made a ton of money at the box office in 2006… $217 million to be exact ($77 million of which came on the opening weekend). I happen to agree with most of the dismal reviews; the book was kind of fun, but it simply wasn’t made to work on the big screen. Of course, since Dan Brown has written numerous books based on the main character Robert Langdon, a sequel was inevitable, and thus Angels & Demons is now on its way to the big screen.
Similar to The Da Vinci Code, the book finds Langdon caught up in another conspiracy, but this time dealing with the Illuminati, that shadowy underground organization that some believe actually controls the world. Chronologically speaking, it’s a prequel, although I don’t think any of the events in this story influence The Da Vinci Code. The first teaser trailer for the movie has arrived, and I have to say… I’m hooked. The Illuminati are just cool. I haven’t actually read the book yet, but I am now feeling the urge to do so. Fortunately, I still have 7 months to procrastinate. Director Ron Howard is back, as is Tom Hanks… and according to producer Brian Grazer: “He’s got a scene where he’s swimming in Speedos, and he looks fantastic.” Now I REALLY can’t wait. Check out some photos (none of Hanks in a Speedo unfortunately) over at USA Today. Angels and Demons hits theatres on May 15th, 2009; check out the trailer below.