ByBrian Salisbury, writer at
Brian Salisbury

The symbols are aligning and it looks like we haven't seen the last of Robert Langdon. The Harvard professor of symbology who served as the protagonist for 's The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons will return in another cinematic adventure. , who played Langdon in both of the film versions, and , who directed the films, appear as though they aren't finished adapting Brown's work. At one point it was thought, with no small amount of logic, that the third book in the series, The Last Symbol, would be the next movie. However, Howard bowed out of directing that movie and it was sent straight to development purgatory. However, with the fourth book in the series, Inferno, currently sitting at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list, Deadline is reporting that Howard and Hanks have signed on in earnest to have another go at the franchise.

Here's the Amazon description of the plot of Inferno...

"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."

No need to decipher my feelings on this project, I'll make them very clear. I couldn't possibly care any less about another Dan Brown film adaptation. Ron Howard is a fine director and Tom Hanks is one of the best actors working today. Also, I have always been fascinated with Alighieri's Divine Comedy. That being said, I think The Da Vinci Code is an overly simplistic, paint-by-numbers mystery novel that translated to a mildly amusing thriller on screen. Angels & Demons was a snooze-fest and I find myself completely apathetic to the further adventures of Robert Langdon, no matter the medium through which it is told. I have to wonder, given Howard's initial refusal to direct the third Dan Brown novel in this series, if his motivation to direct Inferno isn't simply the sales of the fourth book...and the box office dollars those sales might yield.


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