The Jedi Beat Back Robert Langdon: Tom Hanks “Inferno” Release Date Moved to 2016

Photo: Film Magic
Photo: Film Magic

Let’s talk about dueling movies.

Normally every weekend, multiple films are released and the public (that’s you) chooses which to spend their money on to go and see. It’s a system that serves us pretty well.

People normally make too much of a fuss over it. It’s something that is part of the film industry. It’s why we have box office records and weekend numbers. People like knowing which film beat which.

Of course, there is also a fascinating kind of spectacle when two highly anticipated films are slated to come out the same weekend. Normally, in cases such as these, one film will blink first and move the days.

The most recent instance of this was when Dawn of Justice moved from sharing the same release weekend as Captain America 3. Thus preventing a Marvel versus DC weekend, which could have gotten ugly.

Now it looks like Star Wars and Robert Langdon fans will be avoiding a similar conflict. Inferno, based on the book by Dan Brown, has been delayed nearly a year from December 18, 2015 to October 14, 2016. This avoids a potential clash with Star Wars Episode VII, slated to be released on the 2015 date.

The only competition that Star Wars has now is the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy, The Nest.

For Inferno, Tom Hanks is slated to reprise his role as Professor Robert Langdon: a Harvard professor of religious iconology and symbology (made-up for the purposes of the book). Hanks has appeared as Langdon in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. Originally, the film planned to be released was based on the third book of the series, The Lost Symbol. For reasons unknown to us, however, the studio went with Inferno instead.

In addition to Hanks reprising his role, Ron Howard will return to direct Inferno. David Koepp, who wrote Angels & Demons, will pen the script with Akiva Goldsman.

Inferno will now be released October 14, 2016.

Bec Heim