Friday, March 02, 2012

Film Adaptation of Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol Gets New Screenwriter

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The film adaptation of Dan Brown's 2009 thriller The Lost Symbol is taking a step forward with the announcement of a new screenwriter, Danny Strong. The Lost Symbol is the third book to feature Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. The first two in the series, Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, were also adapted for film, both directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks as Langdon. Howard has already announced he will not return as director for this third film, and though Hanks has not yet been signed, he is expected to reprise his role.

In The Lost Symbol, Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object — artfully encoded with five symbols — is discovered in the building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation … one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.

When Langdon's beloved mentor, Peter Solomon — a prominent Mason and philanthropist — is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations — all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.

(Related article: Deadline.)

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