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Tom Hanks’ ‘Inferno’ Delayed to October 2016 to Avoid ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Avoiding a confrontation with Disney’s “Star Wars: Episode VII,” Sony has pushed back the release date of “Inferno,” with Tom Hanks starring and Ron Howard directing, nearly a year to Oct. 14, 2016.

The studio had originally dated its adaptation of Dan Brown’s latest Robert Langdon book for Dec. 18, 2015.

The seventh “Star Wars” will open on that date against Universal Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy “The Nest.”

The book, published in May, centers on symbolist Robert Langdon as he attempts to solve a mystery based on art and literature as he did in “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons.” The “Inferno” story is centers on “Dante’s Inferno.”

David Koepp is penning the script as he did for “Angels & Demons” with Akiva Goldsman. The two previous installments have grossed more than $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office.

“Inferno” joins Focus’ “A Monster Calls” on the Oct. 14, 2016 release date.

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