The books of Dan Brown will be getting the small screen treatment with NBC & Imagine TV developing a prequel series that will introduce audiences to a young Robert Langdon. Tom Hanks starred as the renowned symbologist in three films that started with the box office smash hit The Da Vinci Code. The series will be primarily based on Brown's third Langdon book, The Lost Symbol, with Daniel Cerone (Motive, Constantine) onboard as showrunner.

Here's how Deadline describes the series; "Langdon follows the early adventures of famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who finds himself pulled into a series of deadly puzzles when his mentor is kidnapped. The CIA forces him onto a task force where he uncovers a chilling conspiracy."

Deadly puzzles, a kidnapped mentor, and a chilling conspiracy to uncover, it sounds like Christmas has come early for young Robert Langdon. The Ron Howard directed trilogy might have suffered steep diminishing returns at the box office, but across three films the franchise has generated almost $1.5 billion worldwide. While nearly half of that comes from The Da Vinci Code, its days on the big screen might be over, the globetrotting antics of Langdon's adventures is ideally suited to the episodic format. After numerous false starts, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan character finally found the right fit with the action-packed Amazon series starring John Krasinski. Perhaps Langdon will enjoy the same rebooted success.

NBC has been developing the series since last September and is keen to advance the project as quickly as possible under its production commitment, which means casting that all important leading role will be top of the list. There are currently no details on when Langdon will launch, but it is believed that NBC wants it as part of its Fall lineup.