Ron Howard fast tracks Angels & Demons

He’s kicking the Da Vinci Code sequel into high gear

That smell you can just about make out is the smoke coming from Akiva Goldsman’s keyboard as he feverishly bashes out a shooting draft for Ron Howard’s Da Vinci Code follow-up Angels & Demons before he and almost every other writer in Hollywood down pencils and goes on strike.

While Angels & Demons was actually penned by Dan Brown before he even wrote The Da Vinci Code, Goldsman is re-tooling it as a sequel. And Howard’s in such a hustle to get Angels started that he’s pulling a Spielberg and fitting in the film’s shoot while he’s still supervising post-production on Frost/Nixon.

Columbia, still seeing dollar signs after the first Da Vinci Code made mundo dosh, has organised a February start in Europe, with Tom Hanks already on board to suffer through another awful haircut as Robert Langdon. The plot will find him investigating a mystery that spins around a secret society and a conspiracy rooted in the Catholic Church. So, business as usual, then…

 

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