Lost Symbol to hit the big screen

All you need is the numbers to understand why Columbia Pictures have finally decided to make Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol into a movie.

Well, just one number, really: $1.2bn. That’s how much the film adaptations of The Da Vinci Code and Angels And Demons have made so far.

So, even though Angels And Demons ’ haul fell a few million short of its predecessor’s, it was always going to be more of a case of ‘when’, not ‘if’ with this third literary romp.

All we know so far is that Steven Knight, scriptwriter of Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things , has been tapped to adapt the book.

Neither Tom Hanks or Ron Howard have signed on yet, but we can assume that their love of Brown’s labyrinthine plots and globe-trotting sensibilities will lure them back for a third round of code cracking.

The Lost Symbol is currently the fastest selling adult novel in history Stateside, and again sees Harvard symbologist Langdon (Hanks) chasing a mystery - this time it’s all about the Freemasons.

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Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.