Sony Sets Release Date for Film Adaptation of Dan Brown's 'Inferno'

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Tom Hanks is attached to star and Ron Howard will direct the third movie about Harvard symbolist Robert Langdon.

Dan Brown’s latest novel, Inferno, is headed toward the big screen, with Sony Pictures slotting a Dec. 18, 2015, release for what will be the third feature film about Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon.

Tom Hanks, who played Langdon in the first two films based on Brown’s novels, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, is attached to star once again, with Ron Howard, who directed both films, attached to direct. Imagine is on board to produce, with David Koepp penning the adaptation.

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In Inferno, which was published in May by Doubleday, Langdon is out to stop a threatening worldwide plague, following clues in Dante’s The Divine Comedy that take him to Florence and Venice, Italy.

The Da Vinci Code, released in 2006, grossed $758 million worldwide, and its follow-up, Angels & Demons, released in 2009, took in $486 million.

Sony, which holds the film rights to the novels, began developing a film version of another of Brown’s Langdon books, The Lost Symbol, but it now appears that Inferno will move forward first.