Inferno

Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are returning to the world of Dan Brown, but not in the way you’d think. Sony has decided to skip The Lost Symbol, Brown’s third novel about Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, and move ahead with adapting his current best-seller, Inferno.

A film based on the latest novel, which was released in May, has been given a December 18, 2015 release date. Both the star and director of the first two films, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, are expected to return. David Koepp, who adapted the last film, will write the screenplay.  Read More »

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When Christopher McQuarrie was set to direct One Shot, which eventually became Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise, the idea was to launch a franchise based on the dozen-plus Reacher books by Lee Child. Turns out that Jack Reacher may be the character’s one shot at the big screen, at least in this incarnation.

The movie wasn’t all that expensive, at only $60m, but THR reports that Pararmount doesn’t consider the $153m combined worldwide gross to be impetus enough to make another one. But the film hasn’t yet opened in Japan, China, and Korea, and so there’s a chance that it could still rake in enough to make the $250m the studio would consider to be justification for a sequel. Even if it does hit the financial goal, Paramount and David Ellison’s Skydance Productions will have to negotiate a deal to bring Cruise back, and keep the next film moving at roughly the same cost of the first.

After the break ,

  • A new Dan Brown book brings up talk of The Lost Symbol,
  • a new G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer is all action,
  • and Arnold Schwarzenegger hand-writes a Twins II / Triplets update.

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As construction on Ron Howard‘s The Dark Tower has been suspended, either temporarily or permanently, the director has been building a new slate of possible projects. The Formula One biopic Rush is looking like his next ‘go’ picture. That movie, based on the real-life rivalry between two drivers in 1976 and provisionally starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, sounds like a good departure from some of the fare that has occupied the director in the past five years.

Or, why bother with glossing over with a phrase like ‘some of the fare?’ I’m talking about the two forgettable adaptations of Dan Brown‘s inexplicably popular potboilers The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. The books sold millions and the film adaptations did quite well, financially. And yet Ron Howard is now declining to direct the third film, based on Da Vinci Code sequel The Lost Symbol. Give the man a golf clap for walking away from the series that has been his biggest success in the past decade, hopefully to pursue better creative endeavors. Read More »

lost symbol cover

Risky Business is reporting that bestselling author Dan Brown will be taking over screenwriting duties on the big screen adaptation of his latest book and Da Vinci Code sequel, The Lost Symbol. In February 2010, the studio hired Oscar-nominated scribe Steven Knight, whose credits include Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things, who also penned drafts of Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Akiva Goldsman penned The Da Vinci Code and co-wrote Angels & Demons with David Koepp.

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VOTD: Dan Brown’s “Your Lucky Day”

OneCoolThingADay has found a pretty cool short film titled Your Lucky Day directed by newcomerDan Brown (not the author) and featuring Rider Strong (Boy Meets World, Cabin Fever). The fifteen minute short tells the story of an elderly man who discovers he’s won $156 million in the lottery.

A megaball drawing sends a convenience store spiraling out of control. While shopping at a convenience store, a young man decides to make his own odds. The store manager and a married couple are also mixed up in the game. Who will make it out of the store alive?

Brown is a Seatle-based filmmaker who created the opening title sequence of the television series House MD at DK, did a series of bumpers for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and has directed commercials for Nike and Microsoft. Watch the short film now embedded after the jump. Beware of some quick flashes of NSFW imagery.
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Darth Vader is Carved Into The National Cathedral

Darth Vader at the National Cathedral

For me, that’s the best part about reading a Dan Brown novel, is learning trivial bits of information on places and history. No one really reads Brown’s books for his “master storytelling”, do they? His latest book, The Lost Symbol came out while I was at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I haven’t really had a chance to read it, but friend and Rejects editor Cole Abaius is working his way through it and mentioned last night on Twitter an amazing geek fact about the National Cathedral. And while this is in no way considered news, or new information, I thought it was interesting enough to share (heck, I didn’t know about it…)

Did you know: Darth Vader is carved into the northwest tower of the National Cathedral in Washington DC? It’s apparently true.

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lost symbol cover

Today Random House finally revealed the cover art for author Dan Brown‘s latest book The Lost Symbol. The cover of the new book confirms that the third adventure will take place on home soil, with a 12-hour race to the finish quest set in Washington, DC. The book is the third in a series that follows mystery-solving Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon unravel conspiracy theories using hidden codes.  As we’ve previously reported, Columbia Pictures has already moving forward with a third film in the franchise, which already accounts for over $1.23 billion in worldwide box office.  Check out the full book cover after the jump.

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Angels & Demons

Ron Howard‘s big screen adaptation of the Da Vinci Code prequel Angel’s & Demons won’t hit theaters until May 15th, but Columbia Pictures is already moving forward with a third film in the series.

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