Dan Brown’s Langdon books have defied all logic and reason to take their place among the most successful of all time, with The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons and now The Lost Symbol crowding bookshelves around the world.

Despite the cinematic prose, often consisting of little more than stage directions and exposition, the films starring a bemulleted Tom Hanks have done fairly decent business and the news today that Columbia have started the production wheels turning on the latest Brown potboiler, The Last Symbol.

They have hired Steven Knight, the writer of Dirty Pretty Things as well as the forthcoming Scorsese directed Shutter Island, to adapt the story of Freemasons and a world changing secret, etc, etc.

The first two Langdon films had Akiva Goldsmith behind the script and whether it was the erratic pacing of the source material or the cut and paste nature of the adaptation the scripts for the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons did little more than fill in the gaps.

Variety have the story here.