The film adaptations of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons have grossed over $1.24 billion dollars in the worldwide box office, so it was only a matter of time before another of Brown's Robert Langdon books was adapted to push the franchise closer to $2 billion. The fourth book in the series, Inferno, has now been adapted and is slated for release later this year.
In advance of the first trailer for the film, Sony Pictures has released a teaser setting up the main question of the plot. While it doesn't give much away, it will likely leave viewers wanting to find out more about the overall story of the film.
The teaser offers a few glimpses of the movie's action, while informing viewers about a mysterious switch. If the switch is thrown, half of the people on Earth will die. If it's not, then the human race will be extinct in 100 years. The teaser then cuts off with the words "Would you throw the switch?" and prompts viewers to answer the question on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
The full-length trailer is due out tomorrow, so the story of the film may be fleshed out a bit more then. It likely won't reveal too much, of course, since part of the fun of Brown's novels (and their adaptations) is the mysteries that Langdon has to figure out. While the trailer may address Langdon's status at the beginning of the film and set up the trail of clues that he has to follow, it's unlikely that the first trailer will focus on much beyond the mystery of the switch and some of the action seen within the film.
It's interesting to note that the third book in the series, The Lost Symbol, was originally planned as the follow-up to Angels & Demons. Three screenwriters, including Brown himself, were hired to work on the adaptation, and a final draft of the script was expected in early 2013. Production was expected to begin in mid-2013, but around that time Sony announced that they would adapt Inferno instead for a 2016 release. Given that Angels & Demons was published before The Da Vinci Code but their timelines in the film chronology have been reversed, one has to wonder whether Sony will go back to adapting The Lost Symbol if Inferno performs well in theaters.
Some may question whether the new film will be better than the previous entries in the series. Despite performing well, both movies were largely unloved by critics and have their share of detractors. Any new entry in a Langdon series gives returning director Ron Howard a chance to take things in a new direction, though fans of the series will argue that the movie just needs to stay true to its characters and it won't matter whether the critics love it or not.
Inferno opens in U.S. theaters on October 28th, 2016.
Source: Sony Pictures