Columbia Pictures started moving forward with The Lost Symbol, the follow-up to The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, last year after hiring Dan Brown, the author behind the book series, to write the script.
Ron Howard directed the previous two films, but recently he’s been trying to get a movie and TV series based on Stephen King’s epic book series The Dark Tower off the ground, so him directing the The Lost Symbol looked unlikely. Well, as expected, Howard has told the studio he’ll only be producing the next film, and Columbia are now searching for a new director.
Now I’ve learned that the Imagine Entertainment principal will not be directing the next movie based on Brown’s 2009 book The Lost Symbol which is a follow-up to the events described in Da Vinci Code.
“He wanted to produce this one, not direct,” a Sony insider tells me. So Sony Pictures has started looking for a new helmer. Like the two other books made into films, this third one stars Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon.
Angels & Demons took a bit of a dive at the box office in 2009, making only $485 million compared to The Da Vinci Code‘s $758 million, but there’s obviously enough people still interested in the franchise to warrant The Lost Symbol moving forward.
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