Rachel Moulden for The Pit
The Random House US and Penguin Random House UK children’s divisions of Penguin Random House will be publishing a young adult adaptation of the popular novel The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown this upcoming fall.
Brown’s 2003 mystery-detective novel follows symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu after they are summoned to a murder case in the Louvre Museum in Paris. They soon become involved in a battle between the Priory of Sion and Opus Dei over the possibility of Jesus Christ having been married to Mary Magdalene. Because of its great success the novel was later adapted into a high grossing 2006 film that starred Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou in the lead roles.
The Young Adult adaptation is set to be released in the US in hardcover and e-book editions on September 13, 2016. The UK version will be released in paperback and e-book on September 8, 2016.
Dan Brown expressed his feelings about the new YA adaptation by stating:
“My parents were educators, and so it’s no surprise that I have a fascination with history and research,” says Brown. “In fact, if I weren’t an author, I’m sure I would be a teacher myself. It is my sincere hope that this adaptation of The Da Vinci Code sparks in young adults the same thrill of discovery that I feel while exploring hidden history and the mysteries of the world we live in.”
The Da Vinci Code has sold 82 million copies worldwide since its debut in the publishing world. The young adult adaptations will be abridged in length, feature new cover designs, and will introduce a new generation of younger readers to Dan Brown’s well-known characters and the adventures that takes place within the novel.
“It is incredibly exciting for us to bring The Da Vinci Code to our young adult market in the US, and to introduce young people to Dan Brown’s masterful storytelling, and his brilliant ability to bring history to life on the page,” says Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher of Random House Children’s Books (US).
Fans of Dan Brown’s literary works can also look forward to movie release of Inferno, in theaters nationwide on October 28, 2016 which is the sequel 2009 film Angels & Demons.