USA Today has published a first look at Columbia Pictures’ The Da Vinci Code prequel, Angels & Demons. Again directed by Ron Howard, written by Akiva Goldsman and starring Tom Hanks, the adaptation of Robert Langdon’s book hits theaters on May 15, 2009.
The new film, co-starring Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor, Pierfrancesco Favino and August Fredrik, will move quicker than the first pic, says the article:
The adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel continues the sleuthing adventures of Robert Langdon (Hanks), a Harvard expert in religious symbols who discovers a conspiracy to destroy the Vatican.
Da Vinci collected $758 million worldwide, but even Grazer says the movie moved a little slowly. Angels, by contrast, sprints from crypts, catacombs and cathedrals.
In adapting the hugely successful Da Vinci novel, “I think we may have been too reverential toward it,” Grazer says. “We got all the facts of the book right, but the movie was a little long and stagey.”
In Angels, “Langdon doesn’t stop and give a speech,” Grazer says. “When he speaks, he’s in motion.”
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