Robert Langdon (film series)

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Robert Langdon
Robert Langdon Film Series.jpg
Blu-Ray box set for the three films
Directed byRon Howard
Produced byBrian Grazer
Ron Howard
John Calley (1–2)
Screenplay byAkiva Goldsman (1–2)
David Koepp (2–3)
Story byDan Brown
Based onNovels
by Dan Brown
StarringTom Hanks
(See below)
Music byHans Zimmer
CinematographySalvatore Totino
Edited byDaniel P. Hanley
Mike Hill (1–2)
Tom Elkins (3)
Imagine Entertainment
Skylark Productions (1–2)
Rainmaker Digital Effects (1)
Panorama Films (2)
LStar Capital (3)
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
CountryUnited States
Budget$350 million[1]
Box office$1,463,474,856[1]

The Robert Langdon films are a series of American mystery thriller movies directed by Ron Howard. The films focus on Robert Langdon, a fictional character appearing in the Robert Langdon series of novels by author Dan Brown. The film series has a different chronological order than the novels, and consists of The Da Vinci Code (2006), Angels & Demons (2009) and Inferno (2016). The series has grossed almost $1.5 billion worldwide.


Dan Brown’s novels about Professor Robert Langdon: Angels & Demons (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2003), and Inferno (2013), quickly became international bestsellers, and were soon adapted into films by Columbia Pictures with Ron Howard directing and producing, and Tom Hanks portraying Langdon.


The Da Vinci Code (2006)[edit]

A murder inside the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.

Angels & Demons (2009)[edit]

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon continues to work to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican.

Inferno (2016)[edit]

When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.

Incomplete adaptation[edit]

The Lost Symbol[edit]

Following the worldwide successes of The Da Vinci Code in 2006[2] and Angels & Demons in 2009,[3] which were both based on Brown's novels, starring Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon and produced and directed by Ron Howard, Columbia Pictures began production on a film adaptation of The Lost Symbol.[4][5] Hanks and Howard were expected to return for the film adaptation of The Lost Symbol, along with the franchise's producers Brian Grazer and John Calley. Sony Pictures eventually hired three screenwriters for the project, beginning with Steven Knight[6] and then hiring Brown himself.[7] In March 2012, Danny Strong was also hired to collaborate on the adaptation.[8]

According to a January 2013 article in Los Angeles Times, the final draft of the screenplay was due sometime in February, with pre-production expected to start in the mid-2013.[9] In July 2013, Sony Pictures announced they would instead adapt Inferno for an October 14, 2016[10] release date with Howard as director, David Koepp adapting the screenplay and Hanks reprising his role as Robert Langdon.[11]

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Film
The Da Vinci Code Angels & Demons Inferno
Professor Robert Langdon Tom Hanks
Sophie Neveu Audrey Tautou  
Sir Leigh Teabing Ian McKellen  
Bishop Aringarosa Alfred Molina  
Captain Bezu Fache Jean Reno  
André Vernet Jürgen Prochnow  
Silas Paul Bettany  
Father Patrick McKenna   Ewan McGregor  
Dr. Vittoria Vetra   Ayelet Zurer  
Commander Maximilian Richter   Stellan Skarsgård  
Cardinal Strauss   Armin Mueller-Stahl  
Lieutenant Chartrand   Thure Lindhardt  
Dr. Sienna Brooks   Felicity Jones
Christoph Bouchard   Omar Sy
Bertrand Zobrist   Ben Foster
Elizabeth Sinskey   Sidse Babett Knudsen
Harry Sims a.k.a. "The Provost"   Irrfan Khan

Production crew[edit]

Film U.S. release date Director Producer(s) Screenwriter(s) Composer Editor(s) Cinematographer
The Da Vinci Code May 19, 2006 Ron Howard John Calley
Brian Grazer
Ron Howard
Akiva Goldsman Hans Zimmer Daniel P. Hanley
Mike Hill
Salvatore Totino
Angels & Demons May 15, 2009 Akiva Goldsman
David Koepp
Inferno October 28, 2016 Brian Grazer
Ron Howard
David Koepp Daniel P. Hanley
Tom Elkins


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget
Opening weekend
(North America)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
The Da Vinci Code May 19, 2006 $77,073,388 $217,536,138 $540,703,713 $758,239,851 #146 #71 $125 million [12]
Angels & Demons May 15, 2009 $46,204,168 $133,375,846 $352,554,970 $485,930,816 #390 #170 $150 million [13]
Inferno October 28, 2016 $14,860,425 $34,343,574 $185,677,685 $220,021,259 #2,244 #586 $75 million [14]
Total $385,255,558 $1,078,936,368 $1,464,191,926 $350 million [1]

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
The Da Vinci Code 24% (225 reviews)[15] 46 (40 reviews)[16] B+[17]
Angels & Demons 37% (255 reviews)[18] 48 (36 reviews)[19] B+[17]
Inferno 23% (238 reviews)[20] 42 (47 reviews)[21] B+[17]

Difference between novels and films[edit]

The Da Vinci Code[edit]

Angels & Demons[edit]

There are many differences between the novel and the film.[22]

  • In the novel, the papal conclave attracts relatively little public attention. In the wake of the huge international interest in the 2005 election of Pope Benedict XVI, this was judged to be out of date.[23]
  • The character of CERN Director Maximillian Kohler does not appear in the film.
  • The Italian Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca is changed to the Irish Patrick McKenna, portrayed by Ewan McGregor.
  • The Boeing X-33 that takes Langdon from the United States to Geneva and then to Rome is absent in the film.
  • In the novel, Commander Olivetti is the commander of Swiss Guard, and his second in command is Captain Rocher, whereas in the film, Richter is the head of the Swiss Guard.
  • In the novel, the Assassin contacts members of the BBC in order to influence how they present the story of his activities, but this does not happen in the film.
  • The character Leonardo Vetra is named Silvano Bentivoglio in the film, is not related to Vittoria and his death scene is changed.
  • Vittoria is a love interest for Langdon in the novel while there is no attraction present in the film.
  • In the novel Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca is revealed to be the late pope's biological son, in the film he is his adoptive son.
  • In the book, the assassin has Middle Eastern looks whereas in the movie he is portrayed by a Danish actor Nikolaj Lie Kaas . In the film, he is killed by a car bomb, whereas in the book he falls from a balcony at the top of the Castel Sant Angelo and breaks his back on a pile of marble cannonballs which eventually kills him.
  • In the novel, Vittoria is kidnapped, whereas in the film, she follows Langdon almost everywhere. In the book, all four preferiti are killed by the assassin and eventually the high elector, Cardinal Saverio Mortati, is elected as the new pope whereas in the film, the fourth preferito, Cardinal Baggia, is saved by Langdon and is elected the new pope. The high elector, renamed Cardinal Strauss, becomes the Camerlengo to the new pope.
  • In the end, the new Camerlengo hands over Galileo's book to Langdon instead of a Swiss guard handing the 5th brand, the Illuminati diamond (which is also different in the movie and looks like two crossed keys). In the movie before the explosion Langdon doesn't get on the helicopter unlike in the book where he does and right before the explosion jumps out, barely surviving.


  • In the novel, the Inferno Virus causes sterility in one third of the human population. At the end of the novel it is revealed that the virus was released before the events of the book, as the date given in the video was when the virus would be worldwide, thus searching for its whereabouts was futile.
  • In the novel, Dr. Sienna Brooks intends to prevent the virus from being released and to destroy it as she believes Governments and other organisations will use it as a weapon and at the end of the novel she is offered a position in the WHO in order to address the crisis.
  • In the novel, Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey is not a former romantic interest of Robert Langdon.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Robert Langdon". Box Office Mojo. November 13, 2016.
  2. ^ "The Da Vinci Code". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Angels & Demons". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  4. ^ Fleming, Michael (2009-04-20). "Columbia moves on 'Symbol'". Retrieved 2009-09-01.
  5. ^ "The Mystery of Dan Brown". The Guardian. London. September 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2009.
  6. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (February 3, 2010). "Columbia finds 'Symbol'; Knight to adapt third book in 'Da Vinci Code' series". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved February 4, 2010.
  7. ^ Fernandez, Jay A.; Kit, Borys (2010-12-20). "EXCLUSIVE: Dan Brown Taking Over 'Lost Symbol' Screenplay". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 14, 2014. Retrieved 2015-11-21.
  8. ^ Williams, Owen (March 2, 2012). "New Writer For The Lost Symbol: Dan Brown 3 gets an overhaul". Empire
  9. ^ Nicole Sperling (January 15, 2013). "Dan Brown: What's the film status of his book 'The Lost Symbol'?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  10. ^ Tom Hanks' 'Inferno' Shifts Opening to 2016
  11. ^ "Tom Hanks And Ron Howard To Return For Next Dan Brown Movie 'Inferno'; Sony Sets December 2015 Release Date". Deadline Hollywood. July 16, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  12. ^ "The Da Vinci Code". Box Office Mojo. October 22, 2016.
  13. ^ "Angels & Demons". Box Office Mojo. October 22, 2016.
  14. ^ "Inferno". Box Office Mojo. November 13, 2016.
  15. ^ "The Da Vinci Code". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  16. ^ "The Da Vinci Code". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  17. ^ a b c "Cinemascore". Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  18. ^ "Angels & Demons". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  19. ^ "Angels & Demons". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  20. ^ "Inferno". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  21. ^ "Inferno". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  22. ^ "What's the Difference between Angels and Demons the Book and Angels and Demons the Movie". Retrieved 18 Oct 2013.
  23. ^ Hanks, Tom; interviewed by Charlie Rose (May 13, 2009). "A conversation about the film "Angels and Demons"". PBS television (transcript). Archived from the original on May 17, 2009. Retrieved June 12, 2009.

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