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Ovation: Hanks To Star In Brown’s “Inferno”.
I’ve always been an avid reader. In all my years of reading, from the classics to celebrity autobiographies, my favorite book remains The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this spring, the 2003 mystery novel follows symbologist Dr. Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu as they investigate a murder in a Paris museum and discover that the killing requires an exploration of alternative religious history.
While the book was widely criticized as an attack on the Roman Catholic Church and for its historical and scientific inaccuracies, I along with millions of others literally couldn’t put it down. Despite lawsuits alleging plagiarism that hoped to block the books distribution, it became a worldwide bestseller that topped the New York Times best seller list for 136 straight weeks (more than two and a half years) on its way to selling more than eighty million copies before director Ron Howard, in 2006, brought the story to the screen starring Tom Hanks as Dr. Robert Langdon. The big screen adaptation earned more than $750 million around the world.
The success of the movie encouraged Hollywood to bring Brown’s first novel featuring Dr. Langdon, 2000’s Angels & Demons, to a worldwide audience. Again starring Hanks, the 2009 movie, while not the record-setting phenomenon of The Da Vinci Code, still grossed almost five hundred million dollars worldwide.
Yesterday, it was announced that Tom Hanks will once again reprise his role as Dr. Robert Langdon when Dan Brown’s latest novel, Inferno, arrives in theaters on December 18, 2015. The announcement means that plans to make a movie based on Brown’s 2009 Langston novel, The Lost Symbol, have been put on hold. Ron Howard is allegedly attached to direct the new movie from a screenplay by David Koepp.
Inferno was just published in May and, sadly, I have not yet read the book. Because I’m a big fan of Dr. Langdon, I’ll be reading it soon … certainly before December 18, 2015.
Are you a Dan Brown fan? Tom Hanks?
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