"Angels & Demons" doesn't hit the big screen until May 15, but author Dan Brown has just finished the manuscript for the third book in his Robert Langdon series. "The Lost Symbol" is due on shelves September 15, 2009 and Sony's Columbia Pictures is already set to continue the franchise, Variety reported.
The third Langdon book will have an initial print run of 5 million copies. Second novel "The Da Vinci Code" is the best-selling hardcover adult novel of all time, with 81 million copies currently in print worldwide.
"This is a great day for readers and booksellers," said Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor in Chief of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. "The Lost Symbol is a brilliant and compelling thriller. Dan Brown's prodigious talent for storytelling, infused with history, codes and intrigue, is on full display in this new book. This is one of the most anticipated publications in recent history, and it was well worth the wait."
Brown's longtime editor, Jason Kaufman, Vice President and Executive Editor at Doubleday said, "Nothing ever is as it first appears in a Dan Brown novel. This book's narrative takes place in a twelve-hour period, and from the first page, Dan's readers will feel the thrill of discovery as they follow Robert Langdon through a masterful and unexpected new landscape. The Lost Symbol is full of surprises."
"This novel has been a strange and wonderful journey," said Brown. "Weaving five years of research into the story's twelve-hour timeframe was an exhilarating challenge. Robert Langdon's life clearly moves a lot faster than mine."
Sony's "The Da Vinci Code" film, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tatou brought in $758 million worldwide at the box office, after its May 2006 release.