Back in 2009, it looked like Tom Hanks was set to reprise his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon for an adaptation of The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown’s official sequel to The Da Vinci Code. Originally, Ron Howard was attached to return to the director’s chair and complete the trilogy for Sony, but he eventually dropped out, opting to produce instead. Mark Romanek was rumoured to be replacing him, but without Howard at the helm the project never got off the ground. Now it appears that Sony will simply skip The Lost Symbol altogether. This week they have announced that both Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are on board for Inferno, an adaptation of Dan Brown’s latest book, which just hit stores back in May.
According to Deadline, Sony has set a December 18, 2015 release date for Inferno, which shows that they are serious about getting this one made. David Koepp (Angels & Demons) will also return to pen the script. Based on the success of the book and the previous films, this seems like a guaranteed hit.
The book takes place in Florence and it is another pseudo-historical mystery, this time revolving around Dante and his 14th century poem Divine Comedy. It’s unclear if they will eventually get around to doing The Lost Symbol movie as well but I assume that skipping over the book will not cause much in the way of chronological confusion. Are you excited to see another Robert Langdon movie?