Dan Brown to Write The Lost Symbol Screenplay
12.27.10 by BJSprecher
For the first time, best-selling novelist Dan Brown will be writing the screen adaptation of one of his books. According to THR, the author of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons will be taking over writing duties
from Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) on Columbia Pictures' adaptation of his latest novel, The Lost Symbol, which sold more than 1 million copies in hardcover and e-book versions in one day, making it the fastest selling adult novel of all time. The Lost Symbol once again features Brown's famous Harvard University symbologist, Robert Langdon, as he is coerced into searching for the the Mason's Pyramid and the Lost Word by a radical Freemason, lest Langdon's friend and mentor be executed.
Akiva Goldsman penned The Da Vinci Code movie adaptation and Goldsman and David Koepp co-wrote the screenplay for Angels & Demons. Ron Howard, who directed and produced the first two Brown adaptations, is producing The Lost Symbol, though it is unclear whether he also will return to the director's chair as he may be unavailable due to his commitment to direct at least one movie and the first season of a TV series based on horror novelist Stephen King's The Dark Tower. It is also unclear whether Tom Hanks will reprise the role of Langdon in The Lost Symbol.