Angels & Demons took a bit of a dive at the box office last year, making only $485 million compared to The Da Vinci Code‘s $758 million. The Narnia franchise found itself in a similar position after it’s second movie under-performed, but unlike Disney Columbia Pictures has decided to stick with the franchise and is moving forward with the third film, The Lost Symbol.
According to THR Dan Brown, the author behind the book series, has been brought on-board to write the script. Interesting.
Mega-selling mystery author Dan Brown has taken over writing duties on the film adaptation of The Lost Symbol.
The 2006 adaptation of The Da Vinci Code and the 2009 version of Angels & Demons grossed $1.24 billion at the worldwide box office for Sony. But this is the first time Brown has taken on screenwriting duties. Akiva Goldsman penned Da Vinci and co-wrote Demons with David Koepp.
Oscar-nominated Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight first took a run at the Symbol screenplay. Although Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment is once again producing, Howard, who directed the first two Brown adaptations, has not committed to directing Symbol. Nor has star Tom Hanks officially come on board to reprise Langdon.
Ron Howard has already set his sights on directing a trilogy and two seasons of a TV show based on Stephen King’s epic book series The Dark Tower, so he may not be available for The Lost Symbol unless his schedule allows him to make both. They could hire another director, as the only person who can’t really be replaced is Tom Hanks.
Here’s the book’s synopsis:
As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object —artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation . . . one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.
When Langdon’s beloved mentor, Peter Solomon—a prominent Mason and philanthropist —is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations—all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.