At the end of Arrested Development's fourth season, director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer said that a movie based on Buster Bluth's forthcoming murder trial would be their "next Da Vinci Code." Well, now it seems that their next Da Vinci Code will actually come from the author of The Da Vinci Code.
Sony has set a Dec. 18, 2015 release date for Inferno, based on the fourth book by Dan Brown about Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon, which was just published in May. And the studio is keeping the winning team that powered The Da Vinci Code and its prequel/sequel follow-up Angels & Demons to $758 million and $486 million respectively in worldwide box office: Howard, writer David Koepp, and star Tom Hanks, who probably won't wear the much-derided shaggy haircut he wore for his first turn as Langdon.
Particularly interesting about this move is that Sony's skipping right over Brown's third Langdon novel, The Lost Symbol. Back in 2012 Howard had said he would not return to direct an adaptation of Symbol, but now he's back on board for Inferno. As the title suggests, the story is inspired by Dante Alighieri's 14th century masterpiece The Divine Comedy, the most memorable portion of which, Inferno, involves a descent into the Seven Circles of Hell.