"Angels & Demons" will be a sequel to "The Da Vinci Code", instead of prequel. In an interview with Coming Soon in New York City on Friday, November 14, director Ron Howard gave out the confirmation while talking about his adaptation of Peter Morgan's hit play "Frost/Nixon".
In addition to the addressing of the "Demons" status in the feature series, Howard also discussed the differences between this Dan Brown's novel adaptation with the last one. "It is going to be different, but it has everything to do with the story," he said. "This literally is a ticking bomb story, and it's very much about modernity clashing with antiquity and technology vs. faith, so these themes, these ideas are much more active whereas the other one lived so much in the past."
He then continued, "The tones are just innately so different between the two stories. We also felt a lot more license to take liberties with this plot then we probably did, because this is a great movie story but it doesn't carry with it the weight the 'Da Vinci Code' did for its readers. I'm hoping this is a really great entertainment."
On the difficulty shooting at the Vatican, he recalled, "We weren't allowed to shoot anything there." Still, he added, "Cameras are getting kind of small, but nothing sanctioned." Moreover, he also gave time to comment on Tom Hanks' hair as Robert Langdon on the new movie saying, "I think you can always see that Langdon got a little trim."
A second Dan Brown's novel to be brought to the big screen, "Demons" follows Professor of Religious Symbology at Harvard University Robert Langdon in solving clues about an ancient underground brotherhood, the Illuminati, to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb. Adapted by Akiva Goldsman, it is supported by Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor and Thure Lindhart. It is set to be released in the U.S. on May 15, 2009.