Dan Brown’s Inferno: Tom Hanks to return in 2015 film
July 29, 2013 5 Comments
Tom Hanks will reprise his role as Robert Langdon for the film version of Dan Brown’s latest bestseller, Inferno, due to be released in December 2015.
By Alice Vincent, Entertainment writer, online (17 July 2013)
Dan Brown’s Inferno was only released in May, but already plans for a movie version of the book are shaping up.
Tom Hanks will reprise the role of Robert Langdon, the Harvard symbologist and main character of Dan Brown’s series of bestselling books. The Inferno film will be directed by Ron Howard, the director of 2006′s The Da Vinci Code and its sequel, Angels and Demons (2009). It is expected that the film will be released in December 2015, according to film industry website Deadline.
The decision to adapt Inferno for film follows a dispute over the third installment of Brown’s series, The Lost Symbol. In 2012 it was announced that Danny Strong, an Emmy-winning writer who also played Jonathan Levinson in television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, would adapt the novel for a screenplay. However, Howard refused to direct the film and little has been heard about the project since.
Inferno sold nearly a quarter of a million copies in its first week of release, although this is half the 550,000 copies The Lost Symbol sold on publication in 2009. However, the film franchise has traditionally performed well for Sony, who own the film rights: the first film grossed more than £500 million worldwide, with Angels and Demons raking in £320 million at the global box office.
I finished reading Brown’s latest book last week, and was mildly impressed (there is some criticism of mine, but I prefer to withhold it for now). Upon finishing the book I kept thinking that – not just that the novel would adapt nicely to the screen, but that the novel is made for it. Seriously, the book reads almost like a script, and with so much action and twists and turns, one would be mad not to try to adapt it to the big screen. I am glad that the director of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Angels and Demons’, Ron Howard will direct ‘Inferno’, and also that Hanks sticks to the series. Have you already read Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’? What are your thoughts? Perhaps you see some film star as Sienna or Dr. Sinskey?