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Another sequel to The Da Vinci Code novel is coming this year, movie may follow

01.15.2013

Robert Langdon, the mulleted hero professor from THE DA VINCI CODE and ANGELS AND DEMONS, has not exactly been critically acclaimed despite box office success, but the best-selling Dan Brown novels are still huge draws for book fans. It was already known that Sony was still developing the third book in the series, THE LOST SYMBOL, with director Mark Romanek circling after Ron Howard's departure. No word on progress with that movie, but it was announced that the fourth novel would be released on May 14th with rights to the movie already in Sony's possession.

The new Langdon novel, INFERNO, is set in Europe and inspired by Dante, author of the 14th Century poem The Divine Comedy, the author’s journey through hell, purgatory and heaven.

I have read the first three books and was not incredibly impressed. The detail of research that Dan Brown does is impressive and gives you a lot of history to go along with intriguing puzzles, but the dialogue and plots are laughably bad. The Ron Howard films are not much better. I tend to equate the books to HARRY POTTER or TWILIGHT where the fans are so rabid that they are unable to see the blatant issues with the writing.

There are not many films like ANGELS AND DEMONS or THE DA VINCI CODE anymore seeing as NATIONAL TREASURE and INDIANA JONES are likely not getting future films, but I am convinced we can get better historical adventure mysteries like these, we just need the right filmmakers. If Mark Romanek does in fact sign up for THE LOST SYMBOL, that may be the first Robert Langdon movie worth a damn. Hopefully Tom Hanks leaves the mullet wig at home.

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Source: Deadline

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4:07AM on 01/16/2013
Somehow I don't like Hanks anymore. :(
Somehow I don't like Hanks anymore. :(
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2:30AM on 01/16/2013

These novels (& movies) are not actually "bad", they're just... forgettable

I'd much rather have movies made from my favorite Sigma Force novels by my James Rollins. A perfect blend of existing scientific tech, actual historical puzzles & mysteries, and good ol' fashioned Mission Impossible type hair-raising action with espionage teamwork. I really hope someday we'll get the adaptations....

As for the new novel Inferno, I'm interested. They're fun reads, so why not?
I'd much rather have movies made from my favorite Sigma Force novels by my James Rollins. A perfect blend of existing scientific tech, actual historical puzzles & mysteries, and good ol' fashioned Mission Impossible type hair-raising action with espionage teamwork. I really hope someday we'll get the adaptations....

As for the new novel Inferno, I'm interested. They're fun reads, so why not?
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1:59AM on 01/16/2013

Don't forget Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider, Da Vinci Code, Relic Hunter and National Treasure were all inspired by Indiana Jones. George Lucas created a new genre, the [link] genre and that's saying something.
Tomb Raider, Da Vinci Code, Relic Hunter and National Treasure were all inspired by Indiana Jones. George Lucas created a new genre, the [link] genre and that's saying something.
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4:19PM on 01/15/2013
I think the main problem with the first two Robert Langdon movies was that the stories are not cinematic. They're less about action and more about talking and thinking.
Still, I found Angels & Demons a nice little thriller, and it has a very decent Hans Zimmer score.
I think the main problem with the first two Robert Langdon movies was that the stories are not cinematic. They're less about action and more about talking and thinking.
Still, I found Angels & Demons a nice little thriller, and it has a very decent Hans Zimmer score.
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8:44PM on 01/15/2013
Completely agree. I enjoyed A&D cause the book was a race against time and took place over one night so it translated well into a movie. Da Vinci didn't since it was all about puzzles and involved a lot more talking which doesn't make it too cinematic (enjoyed the book though). I wasn't a big fan of The Lost Symbol though.
Completely agree. I enjoyed A&D cause the book was a race against time and took place over one night so it translated well into a movie. Da Vinci didn't since it was all about puzzles and involved a lot more talking which doesn't make it too cinematic (enjoyed the book though). I wasn't a big fan of The Lost Symbol though.
4:16PM on 01/15/2013
I love Dan Brown's books, they're easy reads that don't try to outsmart its readers. I thought The Lost Symbol was more of the same, so here's hoping Inferno is more like Angels & Demons or TThe Da Vinci Code.
I love Dan Brown's books, they're easy reads that don't try to outsmart its readers. I thought The Lost Symbol was more of the same, so here's hoping Inferno is more like Angels & Demons or TThe Da Vinci Code.
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3:24PM on 01/15/2013

Not been box office gold?

The first film made three quarters of a billion dollars worldwide and the sequel still made over $485 mil. (Which is pretty good considering it was based on a less popular book.) Well, either way, they sucked -- so fuck all to this upcoming turd.
The first film made three quarters of a billion dollars worldwide and the sequel still made over $485 mil. (Which is pretty good considering it was based on a less popular book.) Well, either way, they sucked -- so fuck all to this upcoming turd.
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2:41PM on 01/15/2013
I think the worst problem was Ron Howard. I read the book before seeing the movie and he had no idea what was suspenseful and what made the story fun. Sadly Disney's National Treasure did a better job at that.
I think the worst problem was Ron Howard. I read the book before seeing the movie and he had no idea what was suspenseful and what made the story fun. Sadly Disney's National Treasure did a better job at that.
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