I can't believe it's only been a year and a half since The Da Vinci Codewas released. I feel like that thing is really old already. Maybe I subconsciously tried to black the movie out from my memory. Or maybe it came and went, grossed its ridiculous $758 million and then disappeared from everyone's mind, not just mine, and so it hasn't been talked about much in mainstream discussion (like some embarrassing thing we want to sweep under the rug). Because I feel like the movie came out years ago, I also felt like it was taking forever for the sequel (or prequel? I don't read these dumb books), Angels & Demons to get underway. I guess it was only announced a year and a half ago (right as the first movie was reaping in the big dough), and Tom Hanks was only secured to reprise his role as Robert Langdon back in April. I guess there's been plenty of slower-going productions.

According to Variety, Angels & Demons is finally set to begin filming, and now that it's taken this long, it's going to be a rush job. Ron Howard will return as director for a February start in Europe. And apparently he will still be finishing up Frost/Nixonwhen he begins shooting this, and both movies will end up released late next year. Variety compares the double feature to Spielberg's 1993, which saw back-to-back shoots/releases with Jurassic Park and Schindler's List, with the former being the box office giant and the latter being the Oscar darling. But those two movies didn't come out at the same time, which seems to be the case with Howard's two movies. Variety also makes a comparison to Eastwood's 2006, with the relatively close releases Flags of Our Fathersand Letters from Iwo Jima, but of course those two films were actually related to each other. Hey, why not just reference Back to the Futures II & III? Better yet, how about Columbia Pictures holds off on releasing Angels & Demons until the Spring of 2009? Opie doesn't need the pressure; he's lost enough hair already.
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