Dan Brown's 'Angels and Demons' On The OH-MY-GOD-WE'RE-ALL-GOING-TO-DIE-Fast Track

by Paul William Tenny

It feels like you can't go five seconds without reading an article about the fast approaching writers strike, although that may just be because I read Hollywood trade papers fifteen times a day looking for cool news to post, such as this little bit about Columbia rushing another one of Dan Brown's novels through pre-production in order to get the script locked down before the strike comes, which could happen anytime after October 31st.

As Hollywood scrambles to make deals before the Oct. 31 expiration of the WGA pact, one fast-tracked project has almost flown under the radar -- though it could become one of the biggest films assembled during this frenzied period. Producers Brian Grazer and John Calley, Col, Howard and writer Akiva Goldsman are seeking to finalize the shooting script before next week's deadline. Meanwhile, the "Angels" team have begun casting around Tom Hanks, who will reprise his role as Robert Langdon.

Even though Angels and Demons was a prequel to The Da Vinci Code in book form, I read someplace that the film has shaken things up such that the events that transpire in the book somehow come after the events of the film. I suppose the studio execs thought a sequel would sell better than a prequel would.

According to Variety which apparently screwed up very badly in reporting that the WGA was giving up on its reality organizing demands when apparently that isn't true at all - so perhaps take this with a grain of salt just to remind them that there are standards to be met here - Angels and Demons will go into production in February of 2008 with a tentative release date of December, later that year.
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