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Tom Hanks and Ron Howard Reteam to Adapt Dan Brown's 'Inferno'

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July 16, 2013

Ron Howard & Tom Hanks / Inferno

After teaming up to adapt Dan Brown's internationally best-selling mystery adventure novels The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, director Ron Howard and actor Tom Hanks will bring symbologist Robert Langdon back for more action with an adaptation of Inferno, which Sony Pictures has already slated for release on December 18th 2015.. This is surprising since The Lost Symbol, the preceding third book in the series from Brown, was slowed down at the studio when Howard backed out of the film, wanting only to produce with Brian Grazer through their Imagine Entertainmet banner instead of directing again. Read on!

Deadline reports David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Angels & Demons) will script the sequel, and here's the official synopsis from the book which was published just a couple months ago:

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces...Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

As for The Lost Symbol, the last we heard, Mark Romanek was the lead contender to direct that project, but it sounds like Sony is keeping the third book on the backburner for now. Fans would know better than this writer whether or not the events of the third book impact the story in the fourth, so we can't speculate as to whether the film will have to fudge some details with this out of order adaptation (remember Angels & Demons was a prequel to The Da Vinci Code). The films are certainly box office giants, even if Brown's appeal seems to have died off, , but this one is still a couple years away, so we'll listen up for more updates.

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  • Tom
    I've read all of the books and the plot of Inferno has zero to do with the events of The Lost Symbol. Inferno actually doesn't make reference to any of the events or characters from any of the previous novels. I'm happy about this adaptation-- Inferno was much more of a return to form, since The Lost Symbol was a quite a disappointing book.
  • racquetman
    Just started reading the book. Howard's adaptations of the other books have been mediocre at best, IMO.
  • cobrazombie
    Common opinion is The Lost Symbol sucked. So it's no surprise they're skipping it altogether.

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