Best-selling author Dan Brown’s most beloved character is hitting the small screen for his next drama. Dan Brown’s Langdon will be heading to Peacock with a series order. Here’s what you need to know about the prequel series.
Dan Brown Novel Getting TV Adaptation
With numerous #1 bestselling novels, author Dan Brown has sold quite a few books in his career — more than 200 million, to be exact. They include the likes of The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, and Angels & Demons. Those three novels were already adapted into films, with Tom Hanks starring as the main character Professor Robert Langdon.
Now, another of Brown’s novels is getting a screen adaptation. However, this one isn’t heading to theaters — it’s going to the small screen.
Based on another of his bestselling books, 2009’s The Lost Symbol, the series Dan Brown’s Langdon is heading to NBCUniversal’s Peacock.
The drama was initially picked up to pilot last year at NBC. However, it’s now moving over to the network’s streaming service, Peacock, with a series order. The streaming service gives the network the ability to pick up shows without worrying about fitting them into an existing network schedule.
“The team was blown away by this pilot and its enormous potential to become a big, binge-worthy hit, and our new structure enables us to move it to Peacock and give it every opportunity to make that happen,” said Susan Rovner, chairperson of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “Our ability to pick up a great show is no longer limited by the confines of a network schedule, giving us the freedom to say ‘yes’ to shows we love and then find them the perfect home across our portfolio.”
Series Will Serve as a Prequel
Much like the film adaptations, the series will change the timeline somewhat for Langdon’s adventures. By the timeline in the novels, The Lost Symbol comes after The Da Vinci Code, and before Inferno.
Although the new series is based on The Lost Symbol, the show will feature a younger version of Robert Langdon, acting as a prequel of sorts. Ashley Zukerman (of HBO’s Succession) stars as Langdon. This will be the first time someone other than Tom Hanks has stepped into the role of the Harvard symbologist.
The drama will follow the character’s early adventures. When his mentor is suddenly abducted, Langdon is plunged into a world of Masonic secrets and hidden history. He must solve a series of deadly puzzles to save his snatched mentor, and thwart a chilling global conspiracy.
Aside from Zukerman, the show will also star Valorie Curry (Blair Witch), Sumalee Montano (10 Cloverfield Lane), Rick Gonzalez (Arrow), Eddie Izzard (Ocean’s Thirteen), and Beau Knapp (Seven Seconds). It has not yet been announced what roles they will play.
So far, an episode count and premiere date have not been announced, either.
Langdon joins other series that jumped from NBCUniversal to streamer Peacock. NBC canceled A.P. Bio, but it was revived for third and fourth seasons over on Peacock. Bravo’s Queer as Folk and E!’s take on One of Us Is Lying also moved to the streaming service.