This Fall sees the return of Tom Hanks to the role of Harvard symbologist Professor Robert Langdon in “Inferno,” the third film adaptation of a Dan Brown novel, though technically the fourth book in the series which began with “Angels & Demons” and “The Da Vinci Code”.
Talking with EW, Howard confirmed he skipped the third novel “The Lost Symbol” because the story felt too familiar whereas “Inferno” was quite different from the others and would offer more of a challenge for leading man Tom Hanks:
“This one felt fresh. It felt like a fun, fascinating performance opportunity for Tom …the fact that Langdon is part of the mystery and not just an observer. He’s really in the mix, that gives it a psychological thriller component that was never really in the DNA of the previous movies.”
The film has Langdon waking up in a hospital in Florence with no memory of the last few days, and soon finds himself the target of a major manhunt for committing a crime he has no recollection of. He’ll team up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to clear his name and solve a riddle based on Dante’s titular 14th-century poem. The use of the imagery from the poetry was also a big draw:
“The fact that the historical component that Dan Brown chose is Dante in hell give me, as a director, all kinds of vivid cool moments, images, sounds and cutting styles to deal with, so it was a really fun creative departure and undertaking for me, and for all of us.”
The new film is currently slated for an October 14th release in the United Kingdom and an October 28th release in the United States.