Da Vinci Code and Lost Symbol symbologist Robert Langdon will be the lead character in a new NBC drama.
Author Dan Brown captivated imaginations and broke book sale records with 2003’s best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code — then followed that initial success with three more books in the series, The Lost Symbol, Inferno and Origin.
The series centers Harvard University professor Robert Langdon, who is an expert in religious iconology and the fictional field of symbology — that is, the study of historic symbols. The books follow Langdon as he uses his expertise and knowledge of iconology and symbology to solve crimes and mysteries related to some of secular and spiritual history’s most iconic artifacts.
The books have been widely successful, selling more than 120 million copies worldwide. Given that success, it’s no wonder that Hollywood jumped at the chance to bring the books to life on the big screen.
In 2006, The Da Vinci Code was released in theaters, with Tom Hanks playing the role of Robert Langdon. Though generally panned by critics, the film went on to gross $758 million worldwide, making it the second-highest-grossing film of 2006. The next two books in the series were likewise made into films starring Tom Hanks, with the trilogy raking in over $1.1 billion worldwide.
Now those fans hoping to see even more of Robert Langdon can celebrate, as The Hollywood Reporter announced that NBC had handed out a formal pilot order to Langdon, a drama based on the Robert Langdon’s character from Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol.
Langdon will feature its title character’s early adventures, following him as he solves a series of deadly puzzles in order to save his kidnapped mentor and derail a global conspiracy. This will mark the first time the character has been portrayed by someone other than Tom Hanks, who was the face (and hair) of the character for all three big screen adaptations.
Author Dan Brown will serve as a producer for the show, along with Da Vinci Code director Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Anna Culp and Samie Falvey. Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, known for their work on MTV’s Scream, ABC’s Revenge, and NBC’s The Event, have been tapped to write the script.