‘Inferno’: Ron Howard on Book Changes and Why They Didn’t Make ‘The Lost Symbol’

     October 24, 2016

Last week, Sony Pictures unveiled the world premiere of Ron Howard’s upcoming movie Inferno in Florence, Italy. The film marks the third in the Robert Langdon franchise, following 2006’s The Da Vinci Code and 2009’s Angels & Demons, and finds Tom Hanks returning as the franchise’s hero. In Inferno, Dr. Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia and must team up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to recover his memories and stop a madman from unleashing a plague inspired by Dante’s Inferno. Inferno also stars Irrfan KhanOmar SyBen Foster, and Sidse Babett Knudsen.


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A few hours before the premiere, I got to sit down with Ron Howard for an exclusive video interview. Originally the interview was going to be situated overlooking the city and you’d be able to see the highlights of Florence behind them. But on the day of the interview, the weather was cold and rainy, and at the last second the location had to be brought indoors. However, while the rain might have been falling outside, Howard was in great spirits and was ready to talk. During the interview he revealed why they made Inferno instead of The Lost Symbol, the reasons for changing the ending of the book, how the film has a strong antagonist with a legitimate reason for doing what he’s doing, and more.

Check out what he had to say in the video above and below you’ll find a breakdown of what we talked about along with the official synopsis. Inferno is in theaters October 28th.


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Ron Howard:

  • How his daughter is always great in interviews.
  • Why did they move away from The Lost Symbol and make Inferno?
  • Has he called Dan Brown and tried to get him to write a story about NASA and the space program?
  • Why did he change the book ending for the movie?
  • How the film has a strong antagonist with a legitimate reason for doing what he’s doing.

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