Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Television Studios is pressing forward with a Da Vinci Code prequel series, which NBC has made a strong commitment to.
Called Langdon, the show is to adapt Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, but feature a younger version of the iconic symbologist recently played by Tom Hanks in Howard’s movies. Daniel Cerone, the creator of Constantine and Motive, is behind the new series, taking up writing and production duties (via Deadline).
Here’s a brief synopsis of Langdon for you:
Langdon follows the early adventures of famed 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.
If you’re a Dan Brown fan, you may already be aware that The Last Symbol is the third book in the novelists’ series, after The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. There is set to be some muddling of the timeline to restructure the story so it all makes sense around the more youthful incarnation of the Robert Langdon character.
Potentially, we could see some rehash of Howard’s previously-adapted stories in future seasons, a la Hannibal, but that has not been confirmed and is pure speculation. Apart from Origin, though, there’s not many places left to go, unless Cerone chooses to write his own original Langdon stories for the project.
More info on this as it arrives. Feel free to dream-cast your own yung Robert Langdon in the meantime.