Goldsman to adapt 'Demon' story

Striking while the iron’s hot, Sony has signed “The Da Vinci Code” scribe Akiva Goldsman to adapt author Dan Brown’s first religious thriller, “Angels & Demons.”

“Code” grossed $231.8 million worldwide in its first five days.

Though development of “Angels & Demons” is still in the early stages, the studio’s also planning to re-assemble “The Da Vinci Code” producing team of Brian Grazer and John Calley for the project.

No deals yet are set for director Ron Howard or star Tom Hanks to return, but both would clearly have first crack at the project.

“Code” was Brown’s second novel centering on Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor who’s an expert in symbols. “Angels and Demons,” published in 2000, introduced the Langdon character. When “Code” subsequently became a worldwide publishing sensation, “Angels” also became a bestseller.

In “Angels,” Langdon’s character tries to solve a murder and unravel a plot by an ancient group, the Illuminati, to blow up the Vatican during a papal conclave.

Sony acquired the feature rights to “Angels” as part of its 2003 deal with Brown for “The Da Vinci Code.”

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