NBC Developing ‘Langdon’, A Prequel Series Based On ‘The Da Vinci Code’ Novel ‘The Lost Symbol’
NBC has handed a production commitment to ‘Langdon’, a prequel series based on Dan Brown’s hugely popular ‘The Da Vinci Code’ novels it has been announced.
‘Langdon’ will use 2009 novel ‘The Lost Symbol’ as the basis for the series. Fans of the books may be confused at this point, as this has been announced as a prequel featuring a young Robert Langdon, whereas the novel is set after the events of the previous books in the series. So, whilst the tv drama will use the plot of the novel, it will alter the timeframe.
According to Deadline, who broke the story, the series will follow the early adventures of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who finds himself pulled into a series of deadly puzzles when his mentor is kidnapped. The CIA forces him onto a task force where he uncovers a chilling conspiracy. It seems like someone at NBC was a fan of Amazon’s ‘Jack Ryan’ series…
The show comes from Daniel Cerone, who created ‘Motive’ and developed the ‘Constantine’ tv series. He has also penned scripts and exec produced on ‘The Blacklist’, ‘The Mentalist’, ‘Dexter’ and ‘Charmed’. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, who were behind the Tom Hank’s led ‘Da Vinci Code’ movie franchise, produce via their Imagine Television Studios, alongside CBS TV Studios and Universal Television.
This will mark the first time someone other than Tom Hanks has portrayed Langdon on screen. There are no casting announcements yet, but if NBC would like to keep some continuity with the film franchise, Tom’s son Colin Hanks has some free time now that ‘Life in Pieces’ is cancelled… Just a thought… We’ll let you know when we hear more.
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