Never Let Me Go's Mark Romanek is the frontrunner to replace Ron Howard as director for The Lost Symbol. He's expected to enter into negotiations with the studio soon. In case you forgot, this is the follow up to The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons that tracks the international escapades of symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks). Howard will still appear on the project as a producer.
Dan Brown's novels are best sellers, with The Lost Symbol holding a spot on the New York Times' best-seller list for six weeks. It's also the fastest selling adult novel in literary history. We're not sure that's something to be proud of, but the stories about mysterious Freemasonry weirdies and other pseudo occult babble captures people's imaginations — and in many cases, paranoia. Howard never felt quite right for the gig, so we'll see what the One Hour Photo director can come up with to hopefully pick up the draggy pace that Howard instilled.
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