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Studio banks on Da Vinci prequel
Dan Brown
Dan Brown has been promoting the movie version of his book
Author Dan Brown's precursor to The Da Vinci Code novel is to be transformed into a film.

The Da Vinci Code movie took $224m (119m) around the world in its first weekend, despite poor reviews and controversy over its religious subject.

Columbia Pictures, the studio behind the film, has now ordered an adaptation of Angels and Demons.

The novel again features Robert Langdon, played by Tom Hanks in the film, and is set around the Vatican.

Back catalogue

Akiva Goldsman has been drafted in to write the script, having penned the screenplay for The Da Vinci Code.

His previous work includes A Beautiful Mind, for which he won an Oscar, Cinderella Man and the much-maligned Batman and Robin, which starred George Clooney.

A spokesman for Columbia said The Da Vinci Code director Ron Howard had not yet signed on for another film but both he and Hanks would be given first option to work on Angels and Demons.

Although it was author Brown's third book, it was not until the success of The Da Vinci Code that his back catalogue became best-sellers.

Columbia also owns the rights to Brown's other novels - Digital Fortress and Deception Point.




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