Despite (or maybe because of) a laughably bad Tom Hanks haircut and plots that appear pieced together from all of the History Channel’s most sensational documentaries, Ron Howard’s adaptations of Dan Brown’s popular pot boilers have been rousing successes for the director. Now, in the wake of the news that Howard’s much-ballyhooed “Dark Tower” adaptation is a no-go, comes word that the filmmaker will not be helming the next Brown movie.
Deadline is reporting that after directing both “The Da Vinci Code” and its sequel “Angels & Demons,” Howard plans on sitting “The Lost Symbol” out. Like the previous two films, “The Lost Symbol” will star Hanks, and presumably some shady business from the Catholic church.
Deadline claims to have been told by an insider that Howard “just didn’t want to do that thing over and over, the same character and the same stories.” However, given the colossal success of the first two films and the fact that “The Lost Symbol” sold a million copies on its first day alone, we’re guessing that the real reason for Howard getting up from the director’s chair is that he’s recently begun to hate success, which would also explain “The Dilemma.”
With “The Dark Tower” adaptation scuttled for now, Howard’s next projects will be the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-focused “Under the Banner of Heaven” (because Mormons are so hot right now) and a live-action version of the classic “Mad Magazine” comic, “Spy vs. Spy.”