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Third 'Da Vinci Code' Movie Gets Go-Ahead

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Apr 22, 2009 | 12:07pm EDT

Fans of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code books will not have to wait long for another movie installment -- the author's latest sequel has been green-lit by film bosses before the novel even hits bookstores.

The film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks, was a box office smash in 2006, grossing more than $758 million worldwide.

The prequel, Angels & Demons, is due to hit theaters in May, while Brown's latest book The Lost Symbol -- the follow-up to The Da Vinci Code -- is slated for release in September.

And executives at Columbia Pictures, the studio behind the movies, have already given the go-ahead for a film version of the new novel -- stepping up negotiations to lock down a deal for Brown's latest work, according to Variety.com.

Angels & Demons will be released on May 14.

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