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The Da Vinci Code’s Robert Langdon getting a prequel TV series

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Robert Langdon is making the jump to the small screen. Deadline reports that a TV series adaptation following American author Dan Brown’s literary hero with a knack for solving ancient puzzles has been given a pilot order by NBC.

Brown has penned five novels with Langdon in the lead, and it was the second of these adventures, 2003’s The Da Vinci Code which saw Hollywood come a-knocking. Sony’s movie trilogy – based on the aforementioned The Da Vinci Code (2006), Angels & Demons (2009), and Inferno (2016) – was directed by Ron Howard and starred Tom Hanks as the Harvard symbology professor. Despite that potent combo, the films have admittedly all been rather tepid, but they did earn a combined $1.4 billion worldwide off just a $350 million total budget though. With those kinds of numbers, it comes as a bit of a surprise that a new feature film adaptation isn’t on the cards instead.

The upcoming series adaptation has been in development since at least last year when Constantine co-creator Daniel Cerrone penned an early draft before departing. The pilot script was then completed by The Crossing creators Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, to which NBC gave a green light. The series, if it gets beyond the pilot stage, will be based on The Lost Symbol, which was chronologically the third Langdon book. Sony had originally been developing a feature film adaptation of The Lost Symbol to follow-up on Angels & Demons before changing tack and skipping to an adaptation of the fourth book, Inferno, instead. Angels & Demons had, of course, actually been the first Langdon novel set before The Da Vinci Code.

And to keep up that streak of chronologically confused adaptations, the upcoming series – which will simply be titled Langdon – will be tweaking The Lost Symbol to be a prequel to the films, focusing on a younger Robert Langdon. Here’s the official synopsis for Brown’s original novel:

Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale. As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object-artfully encoded with five symbols-is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation… one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom. When Langdon’s beloved mentor, Peter Solomon-a prominent Mason and philanthropist-is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations-all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.

Seeing as this will be a prequel, I only have one question: Will we see the origin story of Hanks’ laughably bad hairdo from The Da Vinci Code?

Last Updated: February 10, 2020


  1. BradeLunner

    February 10, 2020 at 12:14

    I love the Indy movies and historical treasure hunting adventures, and the wife and I decided to watch the Da Vinci code and National Treasure back to back after a toke, holy crap the Da Vinci code was utter rubbish. Atleast National Treasure was aware of how bad it was, so could be fun.


    • Kervyn Cloete

      February 10, 2020 at 14:42

      The movie adaptations of all of Dan Brown’s stuff all vary from “Urgh” to “Ag that’s not too bad” (Angels & Demons is the best of the lot). Inferno is the one that pisses me off the most though. The book is not good, but it has a massively clever twist midway through and a spectacularly ballsy ending that really makes you sit up and go “HOLY SHIT!”. And the movie adaptation completely messes it all up. They reveal the twist nonchalantly early on and utterly nerf the ending to make all friendly and stuff. I was so angry.


      • BradeLunner

        February 10, 2020 at 17:02

        You can’t be disappointed with Clive Cussler 😀 with Dan Brown you’re always going to run the risk of being neutered for the movie going pubic


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