Da Vinci Code prequel series Langdon shifts from NBC to Peacock
After shifting from being a film adaptation to a series at NBC, the Da Vinci Code prequel drama Dan Brown’s Langdon centered on the iconic Art History and Symbology Professor is shifting gears to fresh streaming service Peacock as it has been picked up to series.
“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,” Susan Rovner, Chairman, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement. “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.”
The series, written and executive produced by Scream: The TV Series duo Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, will be an adaptation of the third novel in Brown’s series The Lost Symbol and act as a prequel to the events of the film franchise starring Tom Hanks in the central role and helmed by Ron Howard. The story will follow the early adventures of Harvard symbologist Langdon as he must solve a series of deadly puzzles to save his kidnapped mentor and thwart a chilling global conspiracy.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with Ron and Brian again on another Langdon project,” Brown said in a statement. “We’ve all wanted to make The Lost Symbol for some time now, and I’m grateful to CBS Studios, Imagine Television Studios, Universal Television and Peacock for joining forces to make this project a reality. Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie have written a phenomenally captivating script, and the casting and performances are pitch perfect.”
Dan Brown’s Langdon will star Ashley Zukerman (Succession) in the titular role alongside Valorie Curry (Blair Witch), Sumalee Montano (10 Cloverfield Lane), Rick Gonzalez (Arrow), Eddie Izzard (Get Duked!) and Beau Knapp (The Nice Guys). Alongside Dworkin and Beattie, the series is executive produced by Brown, Brian Grazer, Howard, Samie Kim Falvey and Anna Culp and produced by CBS Studios, Imagine Television Studios and Universal Television.