The Lost Symbol is the third book in a series of them written by Dan Brown. Already the first two books in the series, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, have been made into big time film adaptations starring Tom Hanks, and the longtime plan has been for this third book to become a movie as well. But recent events have show that it’s going to be made by a different creative team than the people who were behind the first two.

Both The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons were directed by Ron Howard from adapted screenplays by Akiva Goldsman, but for this trilogy capping movie neither will be on board in the same capacity. The first guy to get ditched was Goldsman, when it was announced that this third film would be adapted by Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight instead. Then Howard announced that he would just be returning to the series in a producing capacity, so there would need to be a search for a new director.

That search appears to be nearing it’s end, as Deadline Exeter is reporting that Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek has emerged as the most likely candidate for the job. Apparently he’s gotten all the way through the interviewing process as the top dog and actual negotiations should start soon. I’m going to take this as good news.

Never Let Me Go wasn’t really my cup of tea, but it had good performances and it looked nice, plus I liked Romanek’s first film One Hour Photo well enough. I think he would be a better fit for this material than Howard, who I’m not a very big fan of, and who I think especially wasn’t the guy to breath cinematic life into these Dan Brown novels. Plus, seeing as Romanek will be directing from a script written by Knight rather than one by Goldsman (who I don’t think has written a movie I’ve liked, ever), this might end up being the best movie about Robert Langdon solving puzzles that we get. I’ll call myself cautiously optimistic.

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