By Jeff Labrecque
July 27, 2011 at 03:01 PM EDT
Simon Mein

Ron Howard will not direct the next Robert Langdon film based on Dan Brown’s best-seller, The Lost Symbol. EW has confirmed a Deadline report that the Oscar-winning director, who directed Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, will produce Symbol instead. A spokesperson for Howard says his next directing project will be Rush, a racing movie about 1970s Formula 1 drivers. Howard and Hanks have worked together on four films, including Splash and Apollo 13, but Howard’s reduced involvement should not effect Hanks’ plans. His spokesperson tells EW in an email, “Tom hopes to still play Langdon when and if there is another screenplay.”

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