The thriller that gave us twists and turns and terrible hair will be heading to theaters for a third outing.
Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have firmed an April start in Italy on Inferno, the third installment based on the Dan Brown novel series that began with The Da Vinci Code. The studio has closed its deals with Tom Hanks to reprise his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and for Ron Howard to direct and Brian Grazer to produce with Howard.
The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons grossed $758 million and $486 million worldwide*, respectively, so it's not outlandish that the series would get a third picture, but what is interesting is that Sony/Imagine have decided to skip the third book in Brown's wildly popular series, The Lost Symbol, and adapt the fourth, Inferno.
Why? i09 posits:
The Lost Symbol deviates from the rest of the series' focus on European locations and old world conspiracies. Instead, The Lost Symbol featured the United States and Masons. Inferno brings Langdon back to Italy, where he wakes up in a hospital sporting a case of amnesia. From there, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks to both get his memories back and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante's Inferno.
Don't worry though, Code canon fans. If Inferno makes money, we're sure that the studios will find a way to make Symbol.
And we'll be sure to update you as soon as we get a shot of whatever horrible hairstyle Hanks is rocking as Robert Langdon this time around.