Dan Brown's 'Inferno' Heads to the Big Screen

Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou in The Da Vinci Code/Photo © 2006 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Sony Pictures is developing Dan Brown’s latest bestseller Inferno for a December 2015 release. Tom Hanks is attached to the project, returning to his role as Professor Robert Langdon. Also coming back is David Koepp, the screenwriter for the 2009 film “Angels and Demons.” Ron Howard is set to direct.

Inferno is the fourth book in the Robert Langdon series. This time Brown takes us to Florence, Italy where we find Professor Langdon battling a Dante fanatical villain who wants to alter the world forever.

The adaptation of Brown’s third book in the series, The Lost Symbol, has been in production for quite some time. The news regarding the Inferno adaptation means that, at least for now, “The Lost Symbol” will most likely be put on hold. It’s unusual for a studio to release films from a book series out of order but since these novels are stand-alone, the order of their subsequent films seems less important. Considering the success of the first two films, fans of Dan Brown are certain to show up in support.