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The Da Vinci Code sequel The Lost Symbol won't be directed by Ron Howard?

07.27.2011

Looks like director Ron Howard will be stepping away from the most lucrative films he's made since 2000's HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. Deadline is reporting that Howard is supposedly stepping back from THE LOST SYMBOL, the direct sequel to THE DA VINCI CODE.

Sony is obviously interested in milking this franchise for all it's worth, so they are apparently on the hunt for a new director now while Howard will simply produce the project. An insider tells Deadline, "Ron told Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton that he was not going to be directing Dan Brown's novels anymore. He just didn't want to do that thing over and over, the same character and the same stories." Truth be told, while Howard had always been expected to take the reins of the film, he was never actually attached. But if it's true that the filmmaker feels this way about the series, then kudos to Opie.

While on the subject of non-attachments, Tom Hanks and his dubious haircut aren't committed to the project either. If he doesn't end up doing it, who then could possibly solve the puzzling Dan Brown Freemason mystery?
Extra Tidbit: This is such a terrible series.
Source: Deadline

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4:26PM on 07/28/2011
Yeah, Ron Howard did alright in Angels and Demons, but I always thought they needed someone with more ambition. Perhaps, JJ Abrams?
Yeah, Ron Howard did alright in Angels and Demons, but I always thought they needed someone with more ambition. Perhaps, JJ Abrams?
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10:22PM on 07/27/2011
I always imagined Langdon as Ralph Fiennes. A Harvard educated professor who swims daily? Maybe it's just Quiz Show syndrome.
I always imagined Langdon as Ralph Fiennes. A Harvard educated professor who swims daily? Maybe it's just Quiz Show syndrome.
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5:50PM on 07/27/2011
The books are fantastic though.
The books are fantastic though.
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5:38PM on 07/27/2011
All of his books are the same. THE SAME. I'm glad Ron's leaving.
All of his books are the same. THE SAME. I'm glad Ron's leaving.
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5:50PM on 07/27/2011
except they're all very different.
except they're all very different.
5:12PM on 07/27/2011
In the books Angels & Demons takes place before DaVinci Code, but in the movies its a sequel. So since Lost Symbol is a sequel in the books, maybe it'll be a prequel in the movies. To solve the casting problem, get Colin Hanks to play the young Langdon. But seriously, although the series isn't great I've still enjoyed the movies.
In the books Angels & Demons takes place before DaVinci Code, but in the movies its a sequel. So since Lost Symbol is a sequel in the books, maybe it'll be a prequel in the movies. To solve the casting problem, get Colin Hanks to play the young Langdon. But seriously, although the series isn't great I've still enjoyed the movies.
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2:52PM on 07/27/2011
The book was average at best, but I can see them making changes for the film that might improve it.. Don't care about Howard, but i hope hanks is back. I also hope he will have long hair again like in davinci code. I'm probably the only one in the world who thought that suited the character.
The book was average at best, but I can see them making changes for the film that might improve it.. Don't care about Howard, but i hope hanks is back. I also hope he will have long hair again like in davinci code. I'm probably the only one in the world who thought that suited the character.
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3:53PM on 07/27/2011
I agree about the hair suiting the character. He looks like half of the college professors I've had in the past 2 years. I remember watching a clip where the film makers very logically stated that they gave him that hairdo on purpose because many college professors are so busy with their work that they don't have time to keep their hair short and trim. So I thought it was clever. That said, I did like his hair in Angels and Demons better :p
I agree about the hair suiting the character. He looks like half of the college professors I've had in the past 2 years. I remember watching a clip where the film makers very logically stated that they gave him that hairdo on purpose because many college professors are so busy with their work that they don't have time to keep their hair short and trim. So I thought it was clever. That said, I did like his hair in Angels and Demons better :p
2:22PM on 07/27/2011

Oh well,

I've enjoyed these movies despite the backlash and actually thot A&D was a little better. The Lost Symbol has a lot of potential and the Freemasonry is an interest of mine, so I'm curious to see who steps in.
I've enjoyed these movies despite the backlash and actually thot A&D was a little better. The Lost Symbol has a lot of potential and the Freemasonry is an interest of mine, so I'm curious to see who steps in.
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11:44AM on 07/27/2011
That's actually the first thing Howard's said that makes me feel like he could have done a decent job on The Dark Tower.
That's actually the first thing Howard's said that makes me feel like he could have done a decent job on The Dark Tower.
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11:43AM on 07/27/2011
As long as Hanks comes back to star, I'll be ok with a different director. I'm a big fan of the books, with my favorites going in order of their release dates (A&D is my favorite, with Lost Symbol being my least favorite). The Da Vinci Code movie was ok, but needed a lot of work. I actually REALLY liked the movie of Angels & Demons.

With those first two, I was very against making changes from the original novels, but I think for The Lost Symbol, it could use some drastic changes to make it
As long as Hanks comes back to star, I'll be ok with a different director. I'm a big fan of the books, with my favorites going in order of their release dates (A&D is my favorite, with Lost Symbol being my least favorite). The Da Vinci Code movie was ok, but needed a lot of work. I actually REALLY liked the movie of Angels & Demons.

With those first two, I was very against making changes from the original novels, but I think for The Lost Symbol, it could use some drastic changes to make it a little less disappointing. So in the end, I'm cool with getting a new director to inject some new blood into this series. Hope they pick someone good!
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11:23AM on 07/27/2011

i'm gonna get snowed for this...

but I always pictured Nathan Fillion as Langdon. The way he is described in the books is spot on. And no, I'm not one of those people who thinks the man should star in everything...just a lot of things
but I always pictured Nathan Fillion as Langdon. The way he is described in the books is spot on. And no, I'm not one of those people who thinks the man should star in everything...just a lot of things
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5:50PM on 07/27/2011
ooh I like it!
ooh I like it!
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11:19AM on 07/27/2011
while its disappointing that Ron Howard wont be directing the final film, Im more disappointed that Tom Hanks isnt signed, sealed and delivered. Why bother with the film if you're going to re-cast the main character? I hope he stays on, and I hope Howard has a change of heart.
while its disappointing that Ron Howard wont be directing the final film, Im more disappointed that Tom Hanks isnt signed, sealed and delivered. Why bother with the film if you're going to re-cast the main character? I hope he stays on, and I hope Howard has a change of heart.
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9:23AM on 07/27/2011
Not that I'm endorsing they make this particular film due to it's book form being the wort of the set, but if they did, I'd always prefer they stay with the same director throughout.

Then again, They didn't with the first Star Wars Trilogy and that actually seemed to work fine.
Not that I'm endorsing they make this particular film due to it's book form being the wort of the set, but if they did, I'd always prefer they stay with the same director throughout.

Then again, They didn't with the first Star Wars Trilogy and that actually seemed to work fine.
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9:12AM on 07/27/2011
"The Da Vinci Code" > "Angels and Demons".

Never really a big fan of the films. Thought Hanks and Howard were better than what they produced with the two films.
"The Da Vinci Code" > "Angels and Demons".

Never really a big fan of the films. Thought Hanks and Howard were better than what they produced with the two films.
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9:21AM on 07/27/2011
Honestly, I think that's true with the books, but I thought that Angels and Demons was the superior movie.
Honestly, I think that's true with the books, but I thought that Angels and Demons was the superior movie.
7:38AM on 07/27/2011
The da Vinci code was average but I loved Angela and demons. I'm a bit disappointed Ron Howard isn't returning but it won't be the end of the world. As long a Tom hanks returns as well as a competent director comes on board I'm ok with it
The da Vinci code was average but I loved Angela and demons. I'm a bit disappointed Ron Howard isn't returning but it won't be the end of the world. As long a Tom hanks returns as well as a competent director comes on board I'm ok with it
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7:09AM on 07/27/2011
After A Beautiful Mind, I thought he is the perfect director to do The DaVinci Code. After The DaVinci Code, I thought he wasn't. But I liked Angels & Demons, that was a much propper adaptation.

But I don't mind seeing someone else steeping into the director's chair. I'm intersted in The Lost Symbol movie even tough I think is is the worst book in the Langdon series - as Howard said it, same charactar, same story...
After A Beautiful Mind, I thought he is the perfect director to do The DaVinci Code. After The DaVinci Code, I thought he wasn't. But I liked Angels & Demons, that was a much propper adaptation.

But I don't mind seeing someone else steeping into the director's chair. I'm intersted in The Lost Symbol movie even tough I think is is the worst book in the Langdon series - as Howard said it, same charactar, same story...
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