NBC orders ‘Langdon’ TV series based on Dan Brown’s ‘Lost Symbol’

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Robert Langdon — the title character from Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code novels — is set to star in his own series at NBC.

If you’re a fan of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon novels — The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Inferno and Origin — then you’re in luck! NBC announced today that it has given a pilot order to Langdon, a drama series based on the lead character of Dan Brown’s action-thriller novels.

According to official reports, Langdon will focus on Harvard University professor Robert Langdon’s early years, taking its story primarily from Dan Brown’s novel, The Lost Symbol. The show will follow Langdon as he works to solve a variety of deadly puzzles in an attempt to save the life of his kidnapped mentor and thwart a dangerous global conspiracy.

Though it was Dan Brown’s 2003 novel The Da Vinci Code that first catapulted both the author and his lead character into the limelight, he actually published his first Robert Langdon-centric novel in 2000 with Angels and Demons. The series of books follow Harvard Professor Robert Langdon, an expert in religious iconology and the fictional field of symbology, which is the study of historic symbols. With this knowledge, Langdon travels the world solving crimes, uncovering vast conspiracies and thwarting evil plots.

The Da Vinci Code became a worldwide bestseller, with over 80 million copies sold as of 2009. The series as a whole has sold more than 120 million copies worldwide and made the successful leap from page to big screen.

In 2006, Sony released The Da Vinci Code , which starred Tom Hanks in the role of Harvard professor Robert Langdon. While the movie was generally met with negative critical response and no small amount of controversy from various religious groups, it was generally well-received by audiences, grossing $758 million worldwide and becoming the second-highest-grossing film of 2006.

The commercial success of The Da Vinci Code led Sony to make Angels and Demons and Inferno, with the trilogy bringing in over $1.1 billion worldwide.

Author Dan Brown will act as a producer for the show, along with Da Vinci Code director Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Anna Culp and Samie Falvey. Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, known for their work on MTV’s Scream, ABC’s Revenge, and NBC’s The Event, have been tapped to write the script.

As this will be focusing on the earlier adventures of Robert Langdon, Tom Hanks won’t be reprising his role in the TV show, so the hunt is on for a new Robert Langdon!

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