It was barely two weeks ago that Dan Brown revealed details of his new book, The Lost Symbol, the third to feature the Robert Langdon character so famously portrayed on screen by Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code and the soon-to-be-released Angels and Demons.
On the same day that details of the book emerged, Sony snapped up the rights to turn the book into a movie. The book is due out in September so depending on how it sells and how Angels and Demons performs at the box-office, it may not be too long after that that we get to see the tome translated into a film.
After the monetary success of The Da Vinci Code movie was accompanied by less-than-stellar reviews, it took a lorryload of cash to persuade Hanks to take part in Angels and Demons. So will he be up for playing Robert Langdon again in The Lost Symbol. According to Digital Spy, he said:
“If it makes sense I’ll be happy to. It doesn’t come down to where it takes place or what the character is. It really comes down to… is it going to examine a theme that’s going to be worthy of making another movie?”
The problem with Dan Brown’s books for me is that they work much better in written form than they do as movies. The Da Vinci Code was a fantastic novel let down badly by its cinematic translation. I have high hopes that Angels and Demons will be better and then The Lost Symbol could be even better suited to being turned into a film.
Here’s hoping that Brown wrote The Lost Symbol with moviegoers in mind – the book certainly took him long enough to write that it’s a distinct possibility.