December 21, 2010 / 1:03 AM / in 7 years

"Da Vinci Code" author taking over sequel script

<p>U.S. writer Dan Brown arrives at La Scala opera house in Milan December 7, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo</p>

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Mega-selling mystery author Dan Brown has taken over writing duties on the film adaptation of “The Lost Symbol.”

Columbia Pictures is developing the film version of Brown’s most recent novel, which was published in 2009 and sold more than a million copies in its first day on shelves. In it, Brown’s regular protagonist, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, gets mixed up with the Freemasons in Washington, D.C.

The 2006 adaptation of “The Da Vinci Code” and the 2009 version of “Angels & Demons” grossed $1.24 billion at the worldwide box office for Sony. But this is the first time Brown has taken on screenwriting duties. Akiva Goldsman penned Da Vinci, and co-wrote Demons with David Koepp.

Oscar-nominated “Eastern Promises” scribe Steven Knight first took a run at the “Symbol” screenplay. Although Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment is once again producing, Howard, who directed the first two Brown adaptations, has not committed to directing “Symbol.” Nor has star Tom Hanks officially come on board to reprise Langdon.

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