‘Lost Symbol’ movie in early stages

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July 18, 2010 by Chris Reynolds

Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon in "Angels and Demons."

Just last month I finished reading Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol.” And I must say, he did it again.

But I am here to report, according to Variety, the movie version of the book appears to be in the works. This is the third Robert Langdon Adventure, and so far, 3 for 3, they will be adapted to films. What remains unclear however, is if Tom Hanks will return as the claustrophobic professor in the latest film. But he told MTV in 2009, if the book were to be made into a film, he would love to be a part of it.

“I’m not going to walk away from that…. If they make it again, I hope they ask me,” Hanks said during the MTV interview. “If they didn’t, what did I do wrong?”

According to the same MTV report, Hanks was “dodgy” when asked about conversations between himself and Ron Howard, the director of the other two movies.

Another thing we do know,  thanks to Variety, is that Sony has chosen British writer, Steven Knight, to screen write the project. Knight worked on “Eastern Promises” and “Dirty Pretty Things.”

Both films take route in British culture, but how will Knight do with a film that would take place in Washington D.C. and involve early American secrets within the Freemasons? Only time will tell.

He did however work on some episodes of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” which found its way to America. So… that’s good news.

This book, in my opinion, was by far the darkest in the series. Even though “The Da Vinci Code” had its twisted murders, “The Lost Symbol” took it all to another level, with a Brown style twist that knocked me off my reading chair.

I think, if done right, this book could be the best Langdon adventure to make it to the big screen, because unlike the other two fast-paced puzzle solving marathons, this one has the type of action and constant adrenaline that really lends to a motion picture.

Unlike races through multiple museums and churches, “The Lost Symbol” moves around to many different historical  and imaginative locations.

So right now we wait to see if the casting choices are favorable and to see if Knight can use his drama/crime/thriller/mystery writing background to give this movie on-screen life.

According to IMDB, the film is set to release in 2012. But it seems to be in such early stages that no one but Robert Langdon really has the answer.

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