Author Dan Brown Is Rewriting THE LOST SYMBOL; Ron Howard and Tom Hanks Not Confirmed for Sequel

     December 20, 2010


Dan Brown has taken over the reins for the screen adaptation of The Lost Symbol, the third novel in his wildly profitable and embarrassingly controversial series about Harvard symbologist-turned-Indiana Jones wannabe Robert Langdon, following The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons.  This is Brown’s first attempt at screenwriting after Oscar-nominated scribe Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) had first swing at the project.

Neither franchise star Tom Hanks nor Ron Howard, director of the previous installments, has officially signed on to the sequel, although Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment will again handle production duties.  Howard is currently committed to helm the first flick in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, while Hanks is confirmed for Kathryn Bigelow’s (The Hurt Locker) post-Best Picture endeavor Triple Frontier.  If both talents are expected to return, Risky Business suggests we can expect The Lost Symbol on the silver screen in the summer of 2013.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis of The Lost Symbol.


As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object —artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation . . . one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.

When Langdon’s beloved mentor, Peter Solomon—a prominent Mason and philanthropist —is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations—all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth. [Powell's Books]

  • Wolstenholme

    Does this article actually have the audacity to call Ron Howard “Talent”

    Him and Akiva Goldsman have ruined every franchise they touch

    I really loved all the Robert Langdon books and especially the entire Dark Tower series…and I can deal with the first two shit Dan Brownnmovies he produced, but “The Lost Symbol” is one story I hold dear to my heart and the Dark Tower franchise…I don’t even know how i can express my love for that.

    And the fact that Ron Howard, who I’ll admit at one time long ago had a vision for something special; os attached to these projects just angers me as a fan.

    I’d go so far as to say that the only reason that Ron Howard’s shit production company is adapting them is because it’s obvious that there is a market for them and Stephan King sells the rights to his stories for only a dollar each hence the title dollar-baby. What a f*cking assh*le Howard is

    I don’t even have to say that I hope these movies fail because I know they will, it’s unfortunate it’s turned out this way

  • Wolstenholme

    Forgive the minor grammatical errors in my last post…

    Also the title of this article is sooooo misleading

  • agimassardi

    I hope Howard didn’t change Moloch like he did with The Hassassin in Angel & Demons. Moloch is one of my favorite villain, if he changes anything then it will ruin the enitre character.

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