Dan Brown taking crack at “Lost Symbol” screenplay rewrites

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Time to start growing out your hair, Mr. Hanks.

We should assume that Tom Hanks once again will play symbologist Robert Langdon now that it’s being reported Dan Brown will rewrite the screenplay for an adaptation of his best-selling novel “The Lost Symbol.”

THR reports that Brown will polish a script turned in by Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises”). It’s the first time Brown is attempting to adapt one of his own novels. Akiva Goldsman wrote “The Da Vinci Code” and co-wrote its sequel, “Angels & Demons,” with David Koepp.

The action in “Symbol” shifts to Washington, D.C., where Langdon once again must race the clock to prevent a megalomaniac from achieving an ancient power associated with the Freemasons.

It’s unclear where Ron Howard falls in this equation, however. He directed the first two Langdon adventures for Sony, but recently committed to the “Dark Tower” series, based on Stephen King’s novels. THR speculates that Sony has its 2012 tentploes in place (with Spider-Man and “Men In Black III” on the docket), so “Lost Symbol” might not arrive until 2013.

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