The cottage industry known as Dan Brown has just released another ridiculous pseudo-religious conspiracy theory thriller entitled ‘Inferno,’ and naturally, fans have been wondering when Hollywood would get around to getting the mandatory movie version off the ground. They also felt that way about the author’s last book, ‘The Lost Signal,’ but something has since stagnated the page-to-screen adaptation of said tome’s entire Masons/black magic mishegoss.
Now Sony is sidestepping the third Robert Langdon adventure to strike while the bestseller list suggests doing so. According to Collider.com, the studio is setting a release date of December 18, 2015 for the latest installment in the series and has greenlit the return of star Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard to the Brown bonanza, This guarantees that millions of pulp fiction fans will get yet another sampling of sloppy science and specious international intrigue.
For those who haven’t filled the scribe’s already overflowing coffers with cash, ‘Inferno’ follows a similar pattern as previous Langdon thrillers, this time, focusing on Dante Alighieri’s 14th century epic poem and it’s link to Hell and…bioterrorism? As convolutions go, it’s no worse than a married Jesus or Vatican controlled antimatter. Well, not as bad.
With Howard finishing up his Formula One film ‘Rush‘ (about the 1976 season and rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda) and Hanks raising his already high profile with ‘Saving Mr. Banks‘ (about Walt Disney confrontations with author P.L. Travers over her Mary Poppins character) and ‘Captain Phillips‘ (about the famed boat skipper take hostage by Somali pirates in 2009), the duo seem primed for a return to a more mainstream moviemaking paycheck. Considering the commercial potential here – ‘Da Vinci’ made $758 million while ‘Angels and Demons’ banked $485 million – getting something by Brown back into theaters makes perfect sense. Now if only said films were any good…