Sony is close to choosing a director to adapt The Lost Symbol, Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown’s bestselling follow-up to Angels & Demons, and Mark Romanek is the front-runner for the job, says Deadline.com. Ron Howard, whose adaptations of Code and Demons together earned over $1.2 billion worldwide, opted out of directing the third installment in July, but will stay on to produce. Romanek most recently directed the 2010 sci-fi romance Never Let Me Go, starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield.
Tom Hanks is expected to reprise his role as “symbologist” (is that even a real term?) Robert Langdon in The Lost Symbol. Click below to check out our Tom Hanks photo gallery: