Dan Brown on Why ‘The Lost Symbol’ Hasn’t Been Made Into a Movie Yet

     October 13, 2016

A few days ago, Sony Pictures unveiled the world premiere of Ron Howard’s upcoming movie Inferno in Florence, Italy. The film marks the third in the Robert Langdon franchise, following 2006’s The Da Vinci Code and 2009’s Angels & Demons, and finds Tom Hanks returning as the franchise’s hero. In Inferno, Dr. Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia and must team up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to recover his memories and stop a madman from unleashing a plague inspired by Dante’s Inferno. Inferno also stars Irrfan KhanOmar SyBen Foster, and Sidse Babett Knudsen.


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Shortly before the premiere began, I managed to get a few minutes on the red carpet with best-selling author and Robert Langdon creator Dan Brown. He talked about what it’s like seeing his creations on movie screens, why they haven’t yet made The Lost Symbol into a movie, what is it like when the filmmakers say they want to make changes to the Inferno story, the status of the next Robert Langdon book, and more. Check out what he had to say in the video above and below you’ll find a breakdown of what we talked about along with the official synopsis. Inferno is in theaters October 28th.

Dan Brown:

  • What it’s like to see his creations come to life on movie screens?
  • Since both Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are space and NASA enthusiasts, have they ever asked him to write Robert Langdon and some sort of adventure with the space program?
  • What happened with making The Lost Symbol into a movie?
  • What is it like when the filmmakers say they want to make changes to the Inferno story?
  • Says he’s half way through the next Robert Langdon novel called Origin which comes out in 2017.

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