The second part of “The Da Vinci Code” franchise hasn’t even opened yet, but don’t expect Columbia Pictures to sit on their heels waiting to see how the sequel to Ron Howard’s 2006 mega blockbuster does at the box office. Chances are, with the combination of Tom Hanks in front of the camera and Howard behind it, and the monstrous success of the first one ($758 million in worldwide grosses, in case you’re not keeping count), the sequel, “Angels and Demons” will also break big. And it’s not going to stop there: novelist Dan Brown has already finished the third installment in the franchise, titled “The Lost Symbol”, and Columbia Pictures will definitely be exercising their screen rights to the series.
According to Variety, Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol”, which will once again follow Robert Langdon, the main character from “The Da Vinci Code” and the upcoming “Angels and Demons” played by Tom Hanks in both cinematic adaptations, will be published in the U.S. and Canada on September 15. Publisher Doubleday is bullish on the release, and has ordered an initial first print run of 5 million copies.
Apparently that won’t be nearly enough — “Angels and Demons” sold over 39 million copies, which is a pittance compared to the 81 million copies of “The Da Vinci Code”. Ironically, the only published book that has sold more copies than “The Da Vinci Code”? The Bible.
Columbia Pictures’ screen adaptation of “Angels and Demons” will open on May 15th, and will star Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Pierfrancesco Favino, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Thure Lindhardt. Ron Howard directs.