“This is a great day for readers and booksellers.” According to Sonny Mehta, chairman/editor in chief of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. It’s also a good day for Columbia Pictures who is cashing in on Dan Brown readers like there’s no tomorrow.

Columbia is sitting pretty right now with their upcoming summer blockbuster Angels & Demons right around the corner, and so they’ve decided to go ahead and push on with the series. The hard part is, there are no more books in the series… well, that is, until now…

As of today, Dan Brown’s third novel has a title and a publishing date and Columbia is on it.

The book will be released in the U.S. and Canada by Doubleday on September 15, 2009. The book will be titled “The Lost Symbol,” and Columbia has already green lit the film and will begin prepping it soon. The first film The Da Vinci Code, based on Brown’s novel, earned more than $750 million at the box office worldwide. The book will be running 5 million copies in the first print. With those types of numbers, it’s hard not to be a little trigger happy.

Sources say that Brown has completed his manuscript, so I think Columbia is hoping to get their screenwriters an early copy so that they can get the ball rolling on the film.

What do you think? Should they start on The Lost Symbol and get it to us ASAP? Or wait and see how Angels and Demons is received?

Source: Variety