Dan Brown's 'The Lost Symbol' Adaptation Gets a New Writer
by Ethan Anderton
February 4, 2010
Continuing the adventures of symbologist Robert Langdon, novelist Dan Brown published the third novel in his Da Vinci Code franchise, The Lost Symbol, late last year. Acting quickly and following suit in their adaptations of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Columbia Pictures grabbed the rights to the book before it was even published last September. Now they've got a writer attached to script the novel as Variety reports Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things) will take on writing responsibilities with Tom Hanks expected to reprise his role as Langdon, though no official deals have been made as of yet.
In The Lost Symbol, Robert Langdon goes to Washington to give a lecture at the request of his old mentor, Peter Solomon. When he arrives at the US Capitol for his lecture, he instead finds Peter's severed hand mounted on a wooden base, fingers pointing skyward to the Rotunda ceiling fresco of George Washington ascending to heaven. This is the first in a line of clues where Langdon must decode the symbols of the Freemasons in order to stop a villain known as Mal'akh, a steroid-swollen, fantastically tattooed madman, who wants to locate a portal to the wisdom known as the Ancient Mysteries so he can then rule the world.
While I like that the stories have made the stakes higher with each installment, the films have not followed suit in the suspense and fun that the novels provide. After I read The Da Vinci Code, I was pumped to see it play out on-screen, but much to my chagrin the film was lackluster in its execution. Akiva Goldsman has been Columbia's primary screenwriter for both The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons and he's probably still involved in this adaptation, too. No word yet on whether Ron Howard will officially be back to direct, but I'd like to see them mix things up and try a new director. Let's see how Steven Knight does with this.