Remember when everywhere you looked, there was someone reading “The Da Vinci Code?” The megaselling melange of crackpot religious conspiracy theories was then turned into a huge hit movie starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard. Hanks and Howard reteamed again for Brown’s “Angels & Demons” and now Deadline says they’re back again for more.
Hanks will again play the role of Harvard professor Robert Langdon in the big screen version of Brown’s novel “Inferno,” which was just released in May. That was expected. The return of Howard was not. In 2011, Howard had said he would produce but not direct an adaptation of Brown’s 2009 novel “The Lost Symbol.” That novel didn’t make it to the big screen, though. Nevertheless, “Inferno” does appear to have the right stuff to bring Howard back on board.
Here’s what “Inferno” is about, according to Amazon:
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.
Hanks will be seen this fall in “Captain Phillips” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” He’s also booked for “In the Garden of Beasts.” Howard will be represented in the fall by “Rush,” and is planning to film “In the Heart of the Sea” this fall. You can also hear him as the narrator in “Arrested Development.”