Angels and Demons hasn’t even been released yet, but Columbia Pictures is already planning a third adventure for Tom Hanks’ Robert Langdon.

Dan Brown’s third Langdon adventure, The Lost Symbol is set to go into production soon – even though the book hasn’t been published yet and the plot is unknown (the Freemasons are expected to be involved).

Sonny Mehta, chairman and editor-in-chief of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (Brown’s Publisher), said:

“This is a great day for readers and booksellers.

It is not a bad day for Columbia Pictures either, which has another continuing global franchise to go along with Spider-Man.”

The Lost Symbol will be released on September 15, 2009. The novel will have a first printing run of 5 million copies- the largest in the publisher’s history.

Both Hanks and director/producer Ron Howard aren’t contracted to do another movie, but if Angels and Demons makes the type of money that Columbia hopes (The DaVinci Code grossed $758 million), then expect an open checkbook to be handed to the duo (and writer Akiva Goldsman).

However, in these cash-strapped days Columbia may go for a cheaper option and decide not to give Hanks his usual $25 million payday.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it once more – give the Robert Langdon role to Dennis Quaid!

Angels and Demons opens on May 15, 2009.

Source: Variety