NBC is developing a drama series titled Langdon, based on Dan Brown’s smash hit novel, The Lost Symbol. Brown shook the archeology and theology worlds with the release of his novels, Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, and The Lost Symbol. Exploring alternative religious history with fictional characters, the novels have become worldwide bestsellers.
Brown’s novels follow Robert Langdon, a Harvard University professor with a vast knowledge of the history of art and impeccable intuition to decipher historic symbols. Tom Hanks was cast as Langdon in the big screen adaptations of Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, and Inferno. The trio of Langdon films was riddled with powerhouse talent, including Ron Howard as director, Akiva Goldsman and David Koepp penning the screenplays and Felicity Jones and Ewan McGregor starring alongside Hanks. Now, hoping to bank on the success of novels and films, The Lost Symbol is making its way to the small screen.
According to Dateline, Langdon will be produced and written by NBC native, Daniel Cerone (The Blacklist, Constantine). Chronologically, events in The Last Symbol novel take place after The Da Vinci Code. However, the series will alter the timeline and focus on the early adventures of Robert Langdon. Reportedly, the young Harvard symbologist will find himself thrust into an unnerving conspiracy after the kidnapping of his mentor. Recruited by the CIA, Langdon is characteristically tasked with solving deadly puzzles with limited time. The premise for Langdon promises to be alluring to fans of Brown’s acclaimed work while offering an intriguing concept for those not familiar.
NBC has offered a strong commitment to the production of the series, and have joined forces with Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment, CBS TV studios, and Universal TV, for the project. Langdon is in the creative hands of executive producers Brown, Howard, Grazer, Francie Calfo, Samie Falvey, and Anna Culp. As the gears on production start to turn, more details will be revealed, including the casting choice for the pivotal role of Robert Langdon. Originally, The Lost Symbol was slated to become the next blockbuster film in the Robert Langdon adventures, but creative forces opted for Inferno instead - now it could be the novel’s chance to shine.
NBC’s schedule for the upcoming season displays network staples such as Will & Grace, This Is Us, and The Voice. The peacock network appears to be taking more chances with adding new series to the roster including, The Kenan Show, Lincoln, and Perfect Harmony. Adapting novels into a TV series can be a hit or miss, but Langdon is recruiting the creative forces that turned the novel and films into a success. No doubt Langdon will quickly solve the puzzle of what it takes to be a massive hit for NBC.