Danny Strong Set to Adapt Dan Brown’s THE LOST SYMBOL

     March 1, 2012


The adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol is becoming a surprisingly interesting project. After Ron Howard opted out of directing a third film focusing on symbologist Robert Langdon, immensely talented director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) became the frontrunner to take the helm. Now Danny Strong, who penned HBO’s Recount and the upcoming 2008 election-centered HBO film Game Change, has been tapped to write The Lost Symbol. Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) took the first stab at the script after which Brown himself did a pass, but now it looks like Sony is handing the project off to Strong. Hit the jump for more on the follow up to The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons.

the_lost_symbol_book_coverI didn’t much care for Da Vinci or Angels & Demons, but the films’ grosses ($758 million and $485 million worldwide, respectively) imply that I’m in the minority. If anyone can elevate Brown’s source material to an engaging and smart feature, it’s Romanek. He’s come close to directing a major feature twice now, as he passed on The Wolverine and dropped out of The Wolfman over creative differences just before production was set to begin. I really, really liked Never Let Me Go, and I’m eager to see what Romanek will do with a larger, studio film.

Tom Hanks hasn’t yet signed on, but Deadline’s report on Strong’s involvement mentions that he’s expected to reprise the role of Langdon. Given the series’ worldwide appeal, he’s sure to reap a major financial benefit from a third outing. Though Howard isn’t directing The Lost Symbol, he’s still set to stay on in a producing capacity alongside Imagine partner Brian Grazer. It’s not clear why the previous scripts for the film weren’t up to snuff for Sony, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Romanek had a hand in choosing Strong to pen the rewrite. The scribe’s filmography is excellent thus far, and I’m excited to see how he tackles Brown’s lackluster source material.

Here’s the synopsis for The Lost Symbol:

In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world’s most popular thriller writer. The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling that finds famed symbologist Robert Langdon in a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths . . . all under the watchful eye of Brown’s most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol is an intelligent, lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn.  This is Dan Brown’s most exciting novel yet.

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  • brandon

    the synopsis sounds like this movie could be called “National Treaure 3.”

  • cloxlider

    you sound like an idiot.

  • Hunter

    All three of these books are excellent page turners. When reading the books I always thought to myself, “This would be a badass movie.”, but the past two films just didn’t turn out too well although I do think Hanks is perfect for Langdon. Hopefully with a new director they can make The Lost Symbol as exciting to watch as it was to read.

  • Terry Mock

    More interesting facts…

    Even as the book’s clever and fast-paced plot concludes, what may not be apparent to many readers is the connection between sustainable land development and the meaning of “The Lost Symbol” – The Apotheosis of George Washington – painting on the ceiling of the Capitol Rotunda.

    According to Brown’s story,

    “This ceiling’s spectacular collection of images was indeed a message… The founding fathers had envisioned America as a blank canvas, a fertile field on which the seeds of the mysteries could be sown. Today, Washington – a soaring icon – the father of our country, ascending to heaven – is hung silently above our lawmakers, leaders, and presidents…a bold reminder, a map to the future, a promise of a time when all people, like George Washington, would evolve to complete spiritual maturity.”

    “The Lost Symbol” connects the meaning of George Washington’s life to the achievement of our human potential as creators on earth.

    Sustainable Land Development Initiative and The Lost Symbol

  • snapperhead

    Wait… Johnathan is a writer?

    • nokidding

      Is this another plot involving Warren and Andrew? I don’t get it….