Peacock show Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol has been canned after just one season. The original show launched late last year to much fanfare. Running through Q4, it completed the storyline of the book.
It is here that the mixed messages start.
The ten-episode series was based on the third book in the Robert Langdon series, most famous for The Da Vinci Code. The first, second, and fourth books were movies in the Tom Hanks-led series from director Ron Howard.
It was originally developed as a movie for the Hanks series, again to be produced and directed by Ron Howard for Columbia Pictures. Between 2010 and 2013 Sony Pictures hired three screenwriters for the project, Steven Knight, Dan Brown himself, and Danny Strong.
In July 2013, Sony Pictures passed on the project and announced they would instead adapt Inferno for an October 14, 2016, release.
The story was then re-worked for TV and re-tooled for an earlier version of Langdon’s character, tentatively titled Langdon.
It was ordered to series on NBC then was picked up to series by Peacock and retitled Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol. The show was to follow the early adventures of young Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon who must solve a series of deadly puzzles to save his kidnapped mentor and thwart a global conspiracy.
According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, creatives aligned to the show have stated that as the series has completed the story of the novel, it is complete and they have fulfilled their plans. Commentators point to mixed reviews and rumored weak numbers to explain why there are not more Young Robert Langdon adventures coming. So who is telling the truth?
Ashley Zukerman, Valorie Curry, Sumalee Montano, Rick Gonzalez, Eddie Izzard and Beau Knapp starred.