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LOST SYMBOL for Dan Brown

Columbia Pictures will adapt the upcoming third book.

By Jarrod Sarafin     April 20, 2009
Source: Variety

Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks, left), Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zurer) and Chartrand (Thure Lindhart) examine clues in ANGELS & DEMONS(2009).
© Columbia Pictures

We now have a title for Dan Brown's next novel, the third adventure of his character Robert Langdon. The author announced today that the upcoming third novel will be called "The Lost Symbol" with a first print run of five million copies to be released in the U.S. and Canada on September 15, 2009. The confirmed title and date comes just a few weeks after Ron Howard was quoted as saying that Brown was nearing the completion of his next adventure.

Angels & Demons, his next work to be adapted, is preparing to strike theaters on May 15th and stars Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgard, Pierfrancesco Favino, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Director Ron Howard was once again behind the camera, based on a screenplay by David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman.

In related news, Steve Weintraub over at Collider has posted 8 new clips from the second film. Click the link to check them out.

Columbia Pictures, producer Brian Grazer and director Howard have already indicated that they're interested in adapting the upcoming third novel "Symbol" if the follow-up has a successful box office run.


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StarlightGuard 4/20/2009 3:55:25 PM


it's always good to have a new book to look forward to...be it by Dan Brown or anyone else worth their literary weight in gold

and of course Columbia would be picking it up for a movie...that was obvious from the get go

Hobbs 4/20/2009 7:55:20 PM

I wish it was coming out this summer instead...but oh well, I'll read it regardless.  I loved Da Vinci code (the book not the movie) and Angels and Demons was just okay...they just need to change the ending for the movie...yikes, was that a bad ending in the book.


StellaMaris 4/21/2009 4:18:40 AM

I'm SO GLAD that he decided not to call it The Solomon Key afterall... thereby causing all the bandwagon-jumpers who pre-published Solomon Key 'guides' to squirm. 

My guess on the significance of the release date, in view of the Masonic regard for Solomon's Temple and the general alignments of the monuments in Washington DC, is to evoke the conjunction of the Sun, Jupiter, and Saturn on Sept 15th, 7 BC, which is said to have designated the Star of Bethlehem, as observed by The Magi. 

But, I guess we'll just have to wait and see...

Hobbs 4/21/2009 1:44:17 PM

Stella!!  I could have been a contender!  How many times have you heard that one before?

That's some great insight, very interesting.  I can guess as to what your interests are.  :) 

StellaMaris 4/22/2009 12:41:40 AM

Hey Hobbs... are you really a Dragon Slayer? I just happen to know a thing or two about how the DC alignments were created. 

Everyone's wondering whether Brown based his DC alignments on the concepts in the David Ovason book... but there's a glitch in the Ovason theory, so it will be interesting to see just how much ORIGINAL research Brown did.

Here, look... this'll get you started:-

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=HJNqynmJtF0C&dq=David Ovason&source=an&hl=en&ei=PMnuSbLyKs62jAfprPAd&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5

StarlightGuard 4/22/2009 5:08:05 PM

hobbs you sly dragon slayer, trying to save the princess?


when the hell did mania become a mixer?

Hobbs 4/22/2009 10:38:05 PM

Thanks for the link Stella, I've heard about this before but didn't really check it out.  Brown's book will be a hit but I don't think it will be on the scale of Da Vinci.  I find the DC alignment very interesting but do you think they are controversial?  And yes, I am a Dragon Slayer...though work has been a little slow what with the economy here in the States and all. 

Even if DC alignments are controversial, they won't be as controversial as Jesus off-spring still walking around today I dont think.  Though, maybe Dan Brown will surprise me.  You never know.

Starlight, I wasn't aware the princess needed saving but that is in the job description of a Dragon Slayer and I need the work so if that's true then I'll have to sharpen my sword and get ready for some rescuing. 

Was I mixing?  If you mean as in the form of a drink that will be Friday night not tonight.


StellaMaris 4/23/2009 12:42:21 AM

Starlight is just teasing us because I strayed out of my parallel universe to chat. There's no rule that says I can't stray... and you guys are welcome to stray into my universe anytime, if you're brave enough.

But the DC alignments are very cool - the entire "city" is built to mirror the lines of a celestial plan - akin to the dream of rebuilding the New Jerusalem. 

Growing up there, one is subtly aware of the alignments of all the monuments and how they fit together. Even later buildings were constructed to fit in with the Master Plan. 

For instance did you know that the construction of the Washington National Cathedral was begun AND finished on the Feast Day of Saint Michael the Archangel?

He was a DragonSlayer, too... DragonSlaying is a very interesting occupation on many cryptic levels. It will be interesting to see just how much Brown worked out for himself this time... because a lot of the real "secrets" have never been published.

StarlightGuard 4/23/2009 5:03:45 AM

okay kiddies, we'll just close the curtains and you two and intellectually cuddle all day long....



can I watch? :) eh? eh? know what I mean? nudge, nudge!

Hobbs 4/23/2009 6:02:48 PM

LOL...I don't know....Stella, what do you think?  Can Starlight stay?  Or is this an A and B conversation only? 

Yes!! Saint Michael was a Dragonslayer, he is an Angel that spans Judaic, Christian, and Islamic faiths.  Alas, I can't say the name Hobbs is synonymous with the Archangel yet but give me time, I haven't been one for long.  :)

I did not know the construction of the Cathedral was begun and finised on the Feast day.  I hope Brown puts all this in his book, if he can make it as entertaining as Da Vinci it will be a fun read.

Did the World War 2 momument mess up any of the alignments in DC do you know?  I know that was a huge controversy when it was being built.  I never understood why but if it was messing with the design of the city I understand the uproar better.

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