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Robert Langdon is headed back to the big screen to uncover 'The Lost Symbol.'

Variety reports that Columbia Pictures is moving forward with the third installment in the franchise, following 'The Da Vinci Code' (2006) and 'Angels & Demons' (2009). The studio has tapped Steven Knight to adapt the latest Robert Langdon adventure, which features the globetrotting professor being summoned to Washington, D.C., to interpret the symbols of the Freemasons. Robert Langdon is headed back to the big screen to uncover 'The Lost Symbol.'

Variety reports that Columbia Pictures is moving forward with the third installment in the franchise, following 'The Da Vinci Code' (2006) and 'Angels & Demons' (2009). The studio has tapped Steven Knight to adapt the latest Robert Langdon adventure, which features the globetrotting professor being summoned to Washington, D.C., to interpret the symbols of the Freemasons.

As the Doubleday novel written by Dan Brown sold over one million copies in its first day of release, Sony has high expectations for 'The Lost Symbol,' despite 'Angels & Demons' earning only $486 million worldwide -- a disappointing number when you consider the $758 million 'The Da Vinci Code' earned for the studio. Both director Ron Howard and star Tom Hanks are expected to return.

Steven Knight's other writing credits include Martin Scorsese's upcoming thriller 'Shutter Island' and 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.' He also penned the thriller 'Dirty Pretty Things,' which starred 'Da Vinci Code' leading lady Audrey Tautou.