Sony has announced the release of Inferno as the next film adaptation based on author Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series. EW has confirmed the Deadline report that Inferno will mark the return of Ron Howard as director and Tom Hanks as symbologist/art historian/accidental adventurer Robert Langdon. The film will also be written by Angels & Demons’ scribe David Koepp. But the Florence-set thriller — and pseudo travel guide — is the fourth book in the Langdon saga, meaning that the development of The Lost Symbol film adaptation will be put on the back-burner.
Howard previously announced that he would produce but not direct The Lost Symbol, instead focusing on the racing movie Rush. With Rush speeding onto screens Sept. 27, Howard will bypass the Washington, D.C.-set work, originally scheduled to be adapted by Game Change‘s Danny Strong, for the film version of Brown’s latest novel, released May 15. Although on the surface, this decision may seem odd or detrimental to the franchise, it may be the best decision Howard could have made.
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