Dan Brown’s ‘The Lost Symbol’ filmed in Oshawa, Hamilton cancelled after single season


Published January 26, 2022 at 12:29 pm

The mystery-solving adventures of Dan Brown’s symbologist character Robert Langdon, filmed in Oshawa and Hamilton, have come to an end on Peacock.

The series, The Lost Symbol, is based on Brown’s 2009 novel of the same name the third in a series about the Langdon character solving historical mysteries which includes The Da Vinci Code.

The show was initially pursued as the third installment the Robert Langdon film series, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks. It was the project was replaced by 2016’s Inferno, which met a harsh critical reception, but nearly tripled its budget.

The Lost Symbol was later reworked into a series format for NBC streaming service Peacock as a prequel following Ashley Zukerman filling Hanks’ shoes in the role as a younger Langdon studying at Harvard.

Over the course of the season Langdon is tasked with rescuing his mentor, played by Eddie Izzard, amid a global conspiracy involving Freemasonry.

Brown, Hanks and Howard stayed on as producers along with Dan Trachtenberg, director of 10 Cloverfield Lane, who also directed the pilot episode.

The series was filmed in late 2021 in Hamilton, Oshawa and Toronto wrapping production October 7. Hamilton’s The Arboretum, in the Royal Botanical Gardens park, The Scottish Rite Club building, and Cootes Paradise were featured on the show.

Much of the filming in Oshawa was done at Parkwood Estate which once housed General Motors founder Samuel McLaughlin and is now museum and frequent filming location, standing in as Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters in 2000’s X-Men.

Peacock aired the series from September to November 2021, but no news followed the conclusion until January 26 when the streamer announced it wasn’t pursuing a second season and production would not be returning to these communities.

“We were so proud to bring this action-packed mystery thriller to our members and enjoyed watching this compelling series unfold with a satisfying, complete story,” Peacock told Deadline.

The Lost Symbol is still available to watch on Peacock. However that streaming service is not available in Canada, where viewers need turn to Showcase for their symbology needs.

Image from Parkwood Estate.

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