Tom Hanks will reprise his roles as Professor Robert Langdon for the third film based on Dan Brown’s bestselling book series. Deadline have the scoop that confirms Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have locked down a start date of April 2015, director Ron Howard will be back at the helm following his work on both The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons.
Fans of the books have already voiced their disappointment that the third novel in the series, The Lost Symbol, has been skipped over for the movie adaptions. Inferno is the most recently released of the books and finds an amnesiac Langdon presented with a doozy of a puzzle to solve with only Dante Alighieri’s epic poem the Divine Comedy to guide him. Using up his frequent flyer miles as if there were no tomorrow, Langdon must put the pieces together in time to prevent a biological attack.
Released back in 2006, The Da Vinci Code took the worldwide box office by storm making a massive $758 million in ticket sales. Three years later the follow-up, Angels & Demons, hit cinemas to mixed reviews and a slightly underwhelming $485 million. Mixed to negative reviews for The Da Vinci Code didn’t get in the way of box office success, on balance the second film was an improvement on the first even if it was still a muddle scattergun of ideas. By no means a flop but clearly less than the studio were expecting, at any rate a hit is a hit regardless of critical reception and a third movie is coming our way. The original plan was to have Inferno in cinemas for December 2015, a date it’s almost certainly going to move from considering the April production start.