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Langdon (aka The Lost Symbol)

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Links to our threads on the film versions of The Da Vinci Code (2006), Angels & Demons (2009) and Inferno (2016), as well as the book versions of The Da Vinci Code (2003), The Lost Symbol (2009) and Inferno (2013).

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Columbia finds 'Symbol'
Columbia Pictures is moving forward with "The Lost Symbol" -- the third pic in the "Da Vinci Code" franchise -- and has tapped British scribe Steven Knight to adapt.
Based on the Dan Brown thriller of the same name, "Lost Symbol" finds protag Robert Langdon summoned to Washington, D.C., where he begins decoding the symbols of the Freemasons.
Tom Hanks, who played Langdon in "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons," has not yet committed to reprise the role, though it is expected that he will. Imagine topper Brian Grazer and John Calley have signed on to produce the latest installment. . . .
Knight, whose credits include "Dirty Pretty Things," also penned drafts of two upcoming pics: the Martin Scorsese-helmed "Shutter Island" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." . . .
Variety, February 3

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Knight, whose credits include "Dirty Pretty Things," also penned drafts of two upcoming pics: the Martin Scorsese-helmed "Shutter Island" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." . . .

Variety, February 3

There is just something not right about the same screenwriter doing Dan Brown and C. S. Lewis.

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SDG wrote:

: There is just something not right about the same screenwriter doing Dan Brown and C. S. Lewis.

He wrote the William Wilberforce movie Amazing Grace as well.

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Dan Brown has taken over the screenwriting. I don't believe he has ever written a screenplay before. I wanna see the stage directions.

"No problem ... we'll fix it on the set

(aka prequel to "no problem ... we'll fix it in the editing room"; aka prequel to "no problem, the trailer and the marketing will sell it anyway")

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Ron Howard Won't Complete Dan Brown Trilogy; Sony Now Looking For New Director

EXCLUSIVE: Ron Howard directed and produced both of Sony Pictures' films based on Dan Brown's bestselling novels, The Da Vinci Code (in 2006) and Angels & Demons (2009). 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. . . .

Nikki Finke, July 26

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Mark Romanek Frontrunner For Sony’s ‘The Lost Symbol’

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Romanek has emerged as frontrunner to direct The Lost Symbol, Sony Pictures’ third installment of the Dan Brown-penned thrillers focusing on symbologist Robert Langdon. After directing the global blockbusters The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Ron Howard this summer opted out of directing a third, preferring to produce with his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer. . . .

Romanek hasn’t got the job locked up yet, but I’ve heard negotiations should begin soon. Romanek, a top video director, made his feature helming debut on One Hour Photo, and most recently directed Never Let Me Go with Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield. Romanek has so far made mostly budget films. He nearly helmed a big one in The Wolfman but left weeks before production started in a dispute with Universal over budget and other creative disagreements. . . .

Mike Fleming, Deadline.com, October 19

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‘Game Change’ Scribe Danny Strong To Adapt ‘The Lost Symbol’ For Sony Pictures

EXCLUSIVE: Danny Strong, who wrote the Jay Roach-directed HBO films Recount and the upcoming Sarah Palin pic Game Change, is stepping up to features. Sony Pictures has set him to write The Lost Symbol, Sony’s third installment of the Dan Brown-penned thrillers focusing on symbologist Robert Langdon. . . .

Strong comes in after Brown had a hand in writing a script as did Steven Knight. The project is a priority for the studio. The Da Vinci Code grossed $758 million worldwide in 2006, and while Angels & Demons dropped off to a $486 million worldwide gross in 2009, that is still a big box office haul. Tom Hanks, who played Langdon in the first two thrillers, is expected to reprise, but no commitment has been made at this point. . . .

Deadline.com, March 1

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NBC Nabs Robert Langdon Drama Based On Dan Brown’s ‘The Lost Symbol’ From Imagine With Big Commitment
EXCLUSIVE: We have the first big sale for the 2019-2020 broadcast development season. NBC has given a production commitment to Langdon, a drama based on Dan Brown’s thriller novel The Lost Symbol, from Daniel Cerone (Motive, Constantine), Imagine Television Studios, the TV arm of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment, CBS TV Studios and Universal Television.
Written and executive produced by Cerone, Langdon follows the early adventures of famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who finds himself pulled into a series of deadly puzzles when his mentor is kidnapped. The CIA forces him onto a task force where he uncovers a chilling conspiracy.
The Last Symbol is the third Brown novel featuring the character of Langdon, following Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, and is set after the events of The Da Vinci Code. 
The Langdon TV series is a natural extension to the Robert Langdon universe Imagine Entertainment had built on the feature side at Columbia Pictures with three movies produced by the company and directed by principal Ron Howard, which starred Tom Hanks as Langdon: The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Inferno, based on the fourth book in the series. The company also had developed a movie adaptation of The Lost Symbol at Sony as a follow-up to Angels & Demons before the studio went with Inferno instead.
Just like the Angels & Demons movie took place after the events in The Da Vinci Code, opposite to the chronological order in the books, Langdon has been conceived as a prequel, focusing on a younger Robert Langdon to change the timeline in the novels. Imagine TV set the project at CBS TV Studios through the companies’ first-look deal. The series had been in development at the studio at least since last September. . . .
Deadline.com, June 5

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