That didn't take too long. Dan Brown's new thriller, "The Lost Symbol," hit bookshelves in mid-September and Tom Hanks—busy Oscar-winner that he is—has already finished reading it. Of course, Hanks had a little extra motivation going in, seeing as he's twice played Brown's hero Robert Langdon on the big screen (in little pictures called "The Da Vinci Code" and "Angels & Demons").
"I just finished it last week," Hanks told MTV News on the "Where the Wild Things Are" red carpet. "Page-turner. Dan Brown knows how to weave a tale. I was exhausted by the end of it."
With the book behind him— and its tale of Langdon chasing Freemasons in Washington. D.C.—does Hanks see himself once again portraying the Harvard-educated symbologist? "I'd love to if they're going to do it," he said. "I'm not going to walk away from that.... If they make it again, I hope they ask me. If they didn't, what did I do wrong?"
Savvy Hollywood player that he is, Hanks was all smiles as he dodged a question about any conversations he may have had with director Ron Howard about adapting the book. Is a script in the works? "Angels & Demons" raked in a respectable $133 million domestically and another $353 million worldwide – and that movie was based on an earlier, far less popular book than "Da Vinci Code." The adaptation of "Code" – a book that sold, oh, nearly as many copies as the Bible – pulled in almost $760 million worldwide. And! "Lost Symbol" sold a million copies in its first day in print. All of which is to say: we all know this flick is going to happen.
"They're incredibly fun movies to make and I think they're really fun movies to watch too," explained Hanks. "They're like very intricate, very dangerous, steroid-pumped scavenger hunts and I think everyone likes to be in on the clues and the trail and the signs."