Ron Howard not directing Dan Brown’s ‘The Lost Symbol’

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In what may be a sad blow to fans of Don Brown’s Robert Langdon novels, Ron Howard has reportedly decided not to take on the directorial duties of the next story in the franchise — “The Lost Symbol.”

Here is what one source (per Deadline) had to say about the decision:

“Ron told Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton that he was not going to be directing Dan Brown’s novels anymore. He just didn’t want to do that thing over and over, the same character and the same stories.”

Unlike “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons,” “The Lost Symbol” almost entirely takes place in Washington DC, and focuses primarily on the secrets of the Masons. There are still a number of other similarities between this book and the previous two — including a number of near-death experiences and a villain who is a sort of male outsider.

Brown is still working on script rewrites for the film — Tom Hanks (who played Langdon in the first two movies) is also not on board. While critics were torn about the projects, they each turned out to be hits at the box office.

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