Mark Romanek the Top Choice to Direct 'The Lost Symbol' Adaptation
Did anyone think it would take long to see this adaptation get underway, especially considering it's mostly set around Washington DC? Deadline reports that after doing interviews, a new name has hit the top of the list for Sony/Columbia's adaptation of Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, the next thriller starring Robert Langdon, played previously by Tom Hanks. While Ron Howard has decided not to come back for another, instead it's Mark Romanek (of One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) who's been dabbling with a few other projects including A Parking Ticket and Disney's Cinderella, that is now their alleged top choice for the job.
The report mentions that Romanek "hasn't got the job locked up yet, but I've heard negotiations should begin soon," which is the Hollywood way of saying he's their top choice and hopefully it will be in ink soon. The Lost Symbol novel, which hit shelves in late 2009, is the third Dan Brown book to feature Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in an elaborate adventure, following Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code. Dan Brown had a hand in The Lost Symbol script, along with Steven Knight (of Amazing Grace, Eastern Promises). As for Hanks, they say he's "expected to reprise," but since this is only in early development, "no commitment has been made to this point." They still need to get everything fully set up with Romanek first.
Honestly, I'm not overly excited to see The Lost Symbol, just because the Robert Langdon films have usually turned out a bit too boring, despite making lots at the box office. That said, I'm intrigued to see what Romanek can do, but having read the novel myself, I already know what to expect. It should be fun to see Langdon running around our Capitol, but will it be more exciting than Howard's films? We will have to see.