With Ron Howard deciding against directing The Lost Symbol, the follow-up to The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Sony has been searching for a new director over recent months, and according to Deadline they may have found one in Mark Romanek.
Romanek is best known for directing 2002’s One Hour Photo, and most recently directed Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley in Never Let Me Go. At the moment he isn’t said to be locked, but the director posted an image of producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer on his Posterous account recently (presumably in a meeting), so negotiations should begin soon.
Tom Hanks is expected to return as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, but he hasn’t officially signed on yet. Dan Brown, the author behind the book series, was hired to write the script late last year which was previously worked on by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises).
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