Dan Brown's Novel The Lost Symbol Will Become a Prequel Series

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Among early aughts pop culture icons, Robert Langdon, protagonist of Dan Brown's bestselling novels Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, likely ranks high. Say what you will of the books' film adaptations (starring Tom Hanks) and their artistic merits, or lack thereof—they have been veritable box office smashes, raking in more than $1 billion worldwide.

There are great expectations then for the next on-screen adaptation of a Brown tome (for the record, there are 5 books so far in the Robert Langdon series). This time, though, it won't star Hanks and it will be spun into TV show instead, set to air on NBC's streaming platform Peacock.

The novel in question is The Lost Symbol, published in 2009. While this is technically the third volume, after Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, and takes place after the Louvre-centric events of the latter, producers have decided to change the timeline and turn this adaptation into a prequel. Ashley Zukerman, last seen in Succession as Shiv Roy's colleague-turned-lover-turned-nemesis, will star as the young Robert Langdon. The story is set in Washington D.C. and will contain all the requisite trappings of a Dan Brown thriller—a secret society (the Freemasons, in this case), a global conspiracy, and many, many ancient codes in need of deciphering.

An official premiere date hasn't yet been confirmed. Hollywood heavyweights Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, who respectively directed and produced the films, will serve as executive producers.

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