When it comes to adapting Dan Brown's best-selling novels on the big screen, director Ron Howard's the definitive expert... primarily because no one else has attempted it to this date. Howard helped bring Brown's most wide-known novel, The Da Vinci Code, to movie theaters, and followed up that smash hit with Angels & Demons -- a story that actually precedes Da Vinci on the Robert Langdon timeline. Loyal Dan Brown readers will know, then, that Inferno -- the next adaptation from Howard and Tom Hanks -- skips over a popular book in Brown's biography, The Lost Symbol, and I was curious why.
Earlier today, Ron Howard jumped on the phone to talk Inferno, the movie's new trailer, and his work on Dan Brown's books, in general. And over the course of our conversation, I asked him why they skipped over The Lost Symbol, a Robert Langdon mystery set in Washington, D.C., and hopped right to Inferno. The way Howard explained it to me:
At that point, I asked Ron Howard if that meant he was keeping it in his back pocket as a fourth possible Dan Brown adaptation, to which he replied:
So, Dan Brown fans, The Lost Symbol isn't off the table. But according to Ron Howard, they tried to crack it, they couldn't quite figure the story out -- it similarly finds Robert Langdon racing around an historical city solving buried clues and trying to attempt an evil-doer from completing a task. However, if Inferno does well critically and financially, you can bet that a fresh pass will be made on those existing Lost Symbol scripts, and Tom Hanks' Robert Langdon may run, yet again.
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