After Angels & Demons, plans were made to turn Dan Brown’s next Robert Langdon novel, The Lost Symbol, into a movie. However it now appears they’re jumping over that one and going straight to the recently released Inferno, with Deadline reporting that Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are both set to return for the movie. A December 18, 2015 release date is already set.
Tom Hanks is reprising his Robert Langdon role from The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, with Ron Howard directing from an adapted screenplay by David Koepp (Spider-man, Jurassic Park).
Here’s the official description of the novel from Dan Brown’s website: ‘In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces… Dante’s Inferno.
‘Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust… before the world is irrevocably altered.’
Presumably it was thought that The Lost Symbol, which is set amongst some of Washington’s most iconic buildings, would be too difficult to make, but that Inferno will be possible.