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Dan Brown now working on his own script for The Lost Symbol

12.22.2010

Clamoring for more of Tom Hanks in a truly terrible haircut? Well, you're in luck, because Dan Brown has another book lined up for film adaptation, and though Hanks and Ron Howard haven't signed on yet, there is a script in play.

The first draft was done by EASTERN PROMISES' Steven Knight, but now Dan Brown himself is doing a rewrite of it, in contrast to Akiva Goldsman who did the other two films.

I haven't read The Lost Symbol, but I'm willing to guess it's about secret societies, ancient religions and mysteries that can be solved by lots of reading and knowledge of history. Am I on the right track?

I understood the initial appeal for Howard and Hanks to this series, as the Da Vinci Code was a massive best seller seldom seen in this day and age. But after that film was questionable, and it's followup was downright bad, are they really going to come back one more time? Do you think they should?

Extra Tidbit: The God Particle? Really?
Source: Guardian

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12:27AM on 12/24/2010

Bring it

As someone who's never read the books, I watched both films back to back and found that I liked Angels and Demons much more than The DaVinci Code.

And the God Particle is a "real" theoretical thing. I mean, there have been more far-fetched things on film....
As someone who's never read the books, I watched both films back to back and found that I liked Angels and Demons much more than The DaVinci Code.

And the God Particle is a "real" theoretical thing. I mean, there have been more far-fetched things on film....
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1:25PM on 12/23/2010
I am so sick of hearing about Dan Brown. He appeals to that group of people who like to read, but don't like to think. Same goes for James Patterson and that posthumous hack Steig Larrson.
I am so sick of hearing about Dan Brown. He appeals to that group of people who like to read, but don't like to think. Same goes for James Patterson and that posthumous hack Steig Larrson.
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6:14AM on 12/23/2010
It seems the free masons are a hot topic now. Every channel I turn to has shows about them and their ties to the Illuminati. I never saw the Da vinci code, and I thought angles and demons was ok. I would probably watch the lost symbol if the right people were involved.
It seems the free masons are a hot topic now. Every channel I turn to has shows about them and their ties to the Illuminati. I never saw the Da vinci code, and I thought angles and demons was ok. I would probably watch the lost symbol if the right people were involved.
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11:39PM on 12/22/2010

The Lost Symbol was good

And the villain is the best one of the Langdon trilogy, by far.
And the villain is the best one of the Langdon trilogy, by far.
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8:44PM on 12/22/2010

I actually liked Angels & Demons

If the third Robert Langdon film is as good as the second, I'm on board!
If the third Robert Langdon film is as good as the second, I'm on board!
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9:32PM on 12/22/2010
I liked the pacing in the book better. It just felt more like Jack Bauer/Indiana Jones blend than Da Vinci code.
I liked the pacing in the book better. It just felt more like Jack Bauer/Indiana Jones blend than Da Vinci code.
7:05PM on 12/22/2010
Enough of Dan Brown. How about a big screen adaptation of Palanhiuk's Survivor!
Enough of Dan Brown. How about a big screen adaptation of Palanhiuk's Survivor!
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5:56PM on 12/22/2010
The Lost Symbol is about the Free Masons and from what I've read, is better than the previous 2. I'm looking forward to this if it ever gets made. I really liked the first 2 movies despite most critics.
The Lost Symbol is about the Free Masons and from what I've read, is better than the previous 2. I'm looking forward to this if it ever gets made. I really liked the first 2 movies despite most critics.
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5:42PM on 12/22/2010
The follow up was better than the Da Vinci Code Paul, stop smoking the crack.
The follow up was better than the Da Vinci Code Paul, stop smoking the crack.
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5:40PM on 12/22/2010
i'll give it a chance. didn't enjoy this book as i did the other two, it felt too forced and too much of the same. the others had some similarities, but not a problem for me. i'd like to see this get made into a movie anyhow. but if they want it to get made anytime soon, i'm betting ron howard is out, as he'll be busy with the dark tower in the near future, maybe until 2013 when that's due.

as for the helicopter sequence from A&D, don't blame the movie as that was actually in the ending of
i'll give it a chance. didn't enjoy this book as i did the other two, it felt too forced and too much of the same. the others had some similarities, but not a problem for me. i'd like to see this get made into a movie anyhow. but if they want it to get made anytime soon, i'm betting ron howard is out, as he'll be busy with the dark tower in the near future, maybe until 2013 when that's due.

as for the helicopter sequence from A&D, don't blame the movie as that was actually in the ending of the book as well. pretty stupid, i know. except for that, i actually enjoyed the book A&D more than davinci code
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5:37PM on 12/22/2010
Eh, I dunno, authors are usually to close to their own books to successfully adapt them into scripts themselves. "Let the Right One In" was a rare exception.
Eh, I dunno, authors are usually to close to their own books to successfully adapt them into scripts themselves. "Let the Right One In" was a rare exception.
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5:29PM on 12/22/2010
I actually loved The Lost Symbol. it's my favourite of the Langdon Trilogy. There are some truly tense moments, especially the drowning scene which would be very cinematic.
I actually loved The Lost Symbol. it's my favourite of the Langdon Trilogy. There are some truly tense moments, especially the drowning scene which would be very cinematic.
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3:42PM on 12/22/2010

ti reiterate...

the movies were well done, and i am not a fan of the books, just because i am agnostic doesn't mean that i can't appreciate the religious references in the books/films. it was not "downright bad". ban that too man
the movies were well done, and i am not a fan of the books, just because i am agnostic doesn't mean that i can't appreciate the religious references in the books/films. it was not "downright bad". ban that too man
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3:20PM on 12/22/2010
I'd see it. Don't really care who writes it as long as its entertaining.
I'd see it. Don't really care who writes it as long as its entertaining.
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3:13PM on 12/22/2010

wow...

tough crowd, tell a dude he's blowin smoke and ya get banned. nice
tough crowd, tell a dude he's blowin smoke and ya get banned. nice
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3:07PM on 12/22/2010
Davinci Code was OK & only suffered because it was rushed w/ all they had to cram in there. I actually enjoyed Angels&Demons, but not having read the book helped.
Davinci Code was OK & only suffered because it was rushed w/ all they had to cram in there. I actually enjoyed Angels&Demons, but not having read the book helped.
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3:02PM on 12/22/2010

One trick pony

I believe you mean Akiva Goldsman...

I read Angel's & Demons first, back when Da Vinci Code became such a huge hit and I thought it was a entertaining read. Then I read Da Vinci Code and realized he just rewrote A&D with different locations, characters, and historical "facts."

So I did some investigating and read his other novels, Digital Fortress and Deception Point; they were the same novels as all the others but with techno espionage and computer hacking instead of historical
I believe you mean Akiva Goldsman...

I read Angel's & Demons first, back when Da Vinci Code became such a huge hit and I thought it was a entertaining read. Then I read Da Vinci Code and realized he just rewrote A&D with different locations, characters, and historical "facts."

So I did some investigating and read his other novels, Digital Fortress and Deception Point; they were the same novels as all the others but with techno espionage and computer hacking instead of historical hacking.

So I pulled out all the pages from all the books and converted them to transparency paper. Then I arranged the new pages into piles according to identical story beats, putting the earliest novel's pages "Digital Fortress" at the top of each pile and Lost Symbol at the bottom.

When I shone the piles through a projector and reflected through a prism what was revealed to me was the ancient formula for writing the perfect bestselling novel.
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3:35PM on 12/22/2010
actually, many authors rehash the same story with only a few differences from novel to novel. Patterson pretty much rehashes a murder mystery. Balducci rehashes political thrillers, Cussler rehashes historical ship adventures
actually, many authors rehash the same story with only a few differences from novel to novel. Patterson pretty much rehashes a murder mystery. Balducci rehashes political thrillers, Cussler rehashes historical ship adventures
2:57PM on 12/22/2010
Personally, I liked The Da Vinci Code and thought Angels & Demons was okay up until the climax involving a helicopter, but I thought The Lost Symbol was a good read so I'll definitely be looking forward to this. As for the tidbit, The God Particle is indeed a real thing, so I'd check your facts.
Personally, I liked The Da Vinci Code and thought Angels & Demons was okay up until the climax involving a helicopter, but I thought The Lost Symbol was a good read so I'll definitely be looking forward to this. As for the tidbit, The God Particle is indeed a real thing, so I'd check your facts.
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3:30PM on 12/22/2010
careful with your tone dude, they might ban ya
careful with your tone dude, they might ban ya
2:55PM on 12/22/2010
The Da Vinci Code was the bestselling adult novel of all time within a one-year period. That's a pretty high standard, in the shadow of such a monstrous success. it is easy to forget that The Lost Symbol sold one million copies on the first day of release and two million by the second week.

It's still a huge property, and Angels & Demons (the movie) was also a financial success.

These movies are silly, but i rather a movie that at least puts intelligence and history into the equation
The Da Vinci Code was the bestselling adult novel of all time within a one-year period. That's a pretty high standard, in the shadow of such a monstrous success. it is easy to forget that The Lost Symbol sold one million copies on the first day of release and two million by the second week.

It's still a huge property, and Angels & Demons (the movie) was also a financial success.

These movies are silly, but i rather a movie that at least puts intelligence and history into the equation become a success than another blockbuster that doesn't try to do anything but blow your mind with mediocre cgi.
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2:55PM on 12/22/2010
Idk why people hate on these movies so much, I've enjoyed the books and the movies. Haven't read this one yet though but i will probably like it as well.
Idk why people hate on these movies so much, I've enjoyed the books and the movies. Haven't read this one yet though but i will probably like it as well.
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2:40PM on 12/22/2010

Tidbit...

The God Particle is in fact a real scientific study and wasn't made up by Brown. It's actually called the Higgs boson particle and scientists hate it being called the God particle.
The God Particle is in fact a real scientific study and wasn't made up by Brown. It's actually called the Higgs boson particle and scientists hate it being called the God particle.
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3:10PM on 12/22/2010
Yeah, the tidbit isn't enough space to express that I do know what the God particle is, but I was questioning Brown's use of it as a religious plot device when the Higgs boson has really nothing to do with God at all (depending on who you ask I suppose)
Yeah, the tidbit isn't enough space to express that I do know what the God particle is, but I was questioning Brown's use of it as a religious plot device when the Higgs boson has really nothing to do with God at all (depending on who you ask I suppose)
3:58PM on 12/22/2010
Yeah, it was a bit weird to use it that way. Agree for sure. They didn't explain it properly in the film but it was long enough as it was.
Yeah, it was a bit weird to use it that way. Agree for sure. They didn't explain it properly in the film but it was long enough as it was.
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