Get ready, fans of Dan Brown’s thrillers, The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. The next installment of the movie series, Inferno, is coming to US theaters this fall, and if the excitement at the red carpet press event at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum is any indication, it will not disappoint!
Once again, Ron Howard takes the helm as director of this third movie, which, like the first two, stars Tom Hanks as symbologist Robert Langdon. This time, Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with no memories of what happened to him. Teaming up with Sienna Brooks (played by Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes can help reverse his amnesia, Langdon is on a race through Florence and against the clock as he tries to break codes and solve puzzles that are the work of a man obsessed with the end of the world, tied to the work of the great writer, Dante.
Howard, along with actors Tom Hanks and Irrfan Kahn, met with press and fans in Singapore to talk about the movie for the first time since the movie was completed. The enthusiasm was palpable in the crowd as the three walked along the red carpet, signing autographs and taking pictures with fans and journalists. All three happily interacted with the crowd and clearly it was a great time for all.
“It’s fun to be together, particularly in a place as fascinating and interesting and inspiring as Singapore, and this is actually the first time that we’ve had a chance to talk about the movie,” said Ron Howard on the red carpet outside of the ArtScience Museum. “And so in a lot of ways, this group of journalists is catching us at our freshest and at the moment when the movie is just finished, we’re very proud of it, and eager to share.”
Much of Inferno was filmed in Florence, Italy, which follows the path laid down by the first two movies. The Da Vinci Code was filmed in Paris, France, and Angels and Demons in Rome, Italy.
“One of the special things about these movies is that we get to go to extraordinary places, and utilize them for what they are,” said Tom Hanks at the red carpet event. “They’re not just backgrounds.”
Fans of both the movies and the books of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series love the fast paced chills and thrills as the characters rush to save the world, but part of what makes Brown’s work universally popular are the puzzles and mysteries to be solved. People can’t help but be sucked into the world of the story. It’s an excellent way of having readers and viewers have an active role in experiencing these adventures. There are also things to attract history buffs and religious symbolism scholars.
“It’s a multi-layered thriller,” said Irrfan Kahn (who plays Harry Sims in the film), at the Singapore event. “At one layer you will have a fast-paced thriller, and then there is another layer that is about mystery and symbols and codes. So there are a lot of history and contemporary issues juxtaposed together, so you have an interesting mix of things.”
Inferno comes to US theaters on October 28, 2016, which leaves new viewers plenty of time to both read Dan Brown’s books and watch the first two movies, The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.
“I hope they’re really fun to watch,” said director Ron Howard, “Because they’re really fun to make.”
Melanie R. Meadors is the author of fantasy and science fiction stories where heroes don’t always carry swords and knights in shining armor often lose to nerds who study their weaknesses. She’s been known to befriend wandering garden gnomes, do battle with metal-eating squirrels, and has been called a superhero on more than one occasion. Her work has been published in several magazines, and she was a finalist in the 2014 Jim Baen Memorial Science Fiction Contest. Melanie is also a freelance author publicist and publicity/marketing coordinator for both Ragnarok Publications and Mechanical Muse, an independent gaming company. She blogs regularly for GeekMom and The Once and Future Podcast. Her short story “A Whole-Hearted Halfling” is in the anthology Champions of Aetaltis, available now on Amazon. Follow Melanie on Facebook and on Twitter as @MelanieRMeadors.