If you are a big fan of Dan Brown’s novels featuring Robert Langdon, then chances are that you weren’t quite satisfied by big screen adaptations of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. Brown’s novels are great, filled with so much information that I have to constantly search buildings, artworks or any other facts that he mentions in the story. Film adaptations however are pale in comparison, only saving grace is Tom Hanks, as the Harvard professor.
Now Rom Howard is adapting his latest novel, Inferno. Here are somethings I’d wish they’d consider.
Invest some time in script.
It’s a no brainer really, When you read any one of Brown’s novels, its pretty obvious that he has taken his time to do all the research, think of a story and write it. Inferno comes 5 years after The Lost Symbol, that’s more or less 5 years worth of research, thinking and writing up a great story. Even if Howard’s team takes half the time to write the script we’ll have a great film to watch.
Don’t change the story
Dan Brown’s avid readers come to watch the film for the story, so why alter it? Ending of Angels and Demons was slightly altered. I didn’t like it, and I’m sure many didn’t. Plus people haven’t read the novel and don’t plan to will miss out on the chance to experience the ‘real’ story.
Inferno is important
If you’ve read Inferno, you know that it comes with a very important social message about over population. World needs to hear the facts, fear the repercussions and see this story. Like Interstellar, Inferno can make you think about our actions as species. Mediocrity will kill the film and the chance for people to hear this valuable message.
Get the casting right
Women in Dan Brown’s novels are strong characters. On screen they come across somewhat that, for which I’ll blame casting. Tom Hanks is a two-time Oscar winner, anyone standing next to him on-screen will be over shadowed by his presence, let alone the fact that Robert Langdon is a genius in his field. Ayelet Zurer as Vittoria Vetra in Angels and Demons and Audrey Tautou as Sophie Neveu in Da Vinci Code fail in living up to the characters in the novels. Rumors are the Felicity Jones is to star opposite Hanks in Inferno, for films’ sake I hope its true.
Be as real as possible
Last thing I want is this film to come across as a fiction. Its written realistically and should come across as real. Because only if its real, people will relate to it.
I’m sure the the makers do want to make the best film possible and as Dan Brown’s fan I want to see one. So here’s wishing for a kick ass Robert Langdon film!
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