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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Director Ron Howard explains why they adapted Inferno instead of Dan Brown‘s The Lost Symbol.
  • An update on the Deadpool 2 script.
  • The track titles for the Star Trek Beyond score are now available.
  • Blake Lively comments on a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3.
  • And more.

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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 »

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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Apparently, this tradition of each sequel going bigger than the last isn’t just a Hollywood thing. It seems the folks behind that Avatar-defeating Chinese softcore film 3D Sex and Zen are determined to get even wilder this time around, and they’ve figured out just the way to do it. After the jump:

3D Sex and Zen’s sequel ups the ante by going 4D
– Some photos and quotes from Star Trek 2
The Da Vinci Code sequel The Lost Symbol finds a writer
Men in Black 3 will get a new trailer next week, has new photos now

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Director Ron Howard decoded the first two and now it’s Mark Romanek‘s turn to crack the case. He’s reportedly the frontrunner to helm The Lost Symbol, the third installment in Dan Brown‘s massively successful series of mysteries centered on symbologist Robert Langdon. In the previous two films, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Langdon was played by Tom Hanks and while the Oscar-winner has yet to commit to this sequel, he’s expected to return. Read more about Romaneck and The Lost Symbol itself after the jump. Read More »

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 »

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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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Columbia Picturres has finally decided to step up development of the big screen adaptation of Dan Brown‘s latest book, and Da Vinci Code sequel The Lost Symbol.  The studio has hired 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.

The third adventure is a 12-hour race to the finish quest set in Washington, DC, following mystery-solving Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon unravel Freemason conspiracy theories using hidden codes.  The film franchise already accounts for over $1.24 billion in worldwide box office.

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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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