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Last year we pointed out the 'amusing coincidence' that award-winning scriptwriter Steven Knight was penning the film adaptation of DB's The Lost Symbol. Now, however, The Hollywood Reporter carries news that Dan Brown himself has now taken over the job of writing the movie script:
Mega-selling mystery author Dan Brown has taken over writing duties on the film adaptation of The Lost Symbol.
Columbia Pictures is developing the film version of Brown's most recent novel, which was published in 2009 and sold more than a million copies in its first day on shelves. In it, Brown's regular protagonist, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, gets mixed up with the Freemasons in Washington, D.C.
...Oscar-nominated Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight first took a run at the Symbol screenplay. Although Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment is once again producing, Howard, who directed the first two Brown adaptations, has not committed to directing Symbol. Nor has star Tom Hanks officially come on board to reprise Langdon.
Seems a risky proposition...is this a sign that TLS is not going to be a big-budget affair, with Hollywood studios not willing to bet on DB's books anymore? That would seem unlikely, given the first two movies have made billions.
In DB's favour though, his books do read much like a movie, so perhaps it won't be too great a leap for him to make.