Dan Brown's 'Inferno' Shooting Next April

Robert Langdon

The big screen adaptation of Dan Brown's Inferno is shooting next April, Deadline has learned. Tom Hanks will be back to play Robert Langdon, and Ron Howard will also return to direct.

Set mainly in Italy and Istanbul, Inferno is the fourth book in Brown's Langdon series in which our intrepid symbologist is trying to stop the unleashing of a plague that would wipe out most of the world's population. David Koepp wrote the script.

Sony has dated the movie for release on December 18, 2015.

So what happened to The Lost Symbol, the third book in the series? Sony did try to bring that to the big screen, with various writers (including Dan Brown himself!) working the script, but in the end, the studio decided to skip it and go with the fourth book instead. Maybe the similarity between The Lost Symbol and Nicolas Cage's National Treasure played a part.

The Da Vinci Code made more than $758 million at the global box office, but its followup, Angels & Demons, made only $485 million, which is still a huge sum, but decidedly less than its predecessor. With a stronger story this time around, perhaps Inferno can reverse that box office slide.

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