Ron Howard doesn't do sequels. The director has been hard at work in the film industry for decades, and he has been cranking out original works year after year, from Splash and Ransom to A Beautiful Mind and In The Heart of the Sea. But every couple of years, Howard gets Tom Hanks back on set for an adaptation of a thrilling Dan Brown novel, and they are back at it again with Inferno, due in theaters in October.
This is Ron Howard's third adaptation of a Dan Brown best-seller, following The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. So when I got him on the phone ahead of the release of the latest Inferno trailer, I asked him what will set this chapter apart from the previous two installments, and what he learned on them that helped this one come together. Ron Howard told me:
Not that the other two movies weren't breathless. But if you ever tried to digest a Dan Brown novel, you know that you physically can not stop reading once you reach the end of a chapter. You have to keep moving, and Ron Howard has been chasing that momentum over the course of two movies. Howard went on to explain that making Langdon part of the central mystery in Inferno was "incredible attractive" to both he and Tom Hanks, and is a big part of the reason why they returned for another movie in the first place. Howard said:
The newest Inferno trailer just landed.
Inferno stars Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones in a Dan Brown adaptation directed by Ron Howard. It reaches theaters on October 28.
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