It was announced this week that Tom Hanks is to reprise his role as Robert Langdon, the Harvard symbology professor and main character of Dan Brown's series of bestselling books. The Inferno adaption is to be directed by Ron Howard, director of The Da Vinci Code (2006) and its sequel, Angels and Demons (2009). Imagine is on board to produce, with David Koepp penning the screenplay.
This outing finds Langdon in Italy, grappling with a chilling puzzle revolving around Dante's Inferno, first part of the epic 14th Century poem The Divine Comedy. Their he'll face a new and cunning adversary with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, global plagues and futuristic science.
The decision to adapt Inferno as the next film follows a dispute over the third instalment of Brown's series, The Lost Symbol. In 2012 it was announced that Danny Strong, an Emmy-winning writer (who also played Jonathan Levinson in television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer), would adapt the novel as a screenplay. However, Howard refused to direct the film and little has been heard about the project since.
Inferno sold nearly a quarter of a million copies in its first week of release, although this is only half the 550,000 copies The Lost Symbol sold on publication in 2009. However, the film franchise has traditionally performed well for Sony Pictures, who own the film rights. The first film grossed more than £500 million worldwide, with Angels and Demons raking in £320 million at the global box office.
Inferno is due to be released in December 2015.