Dwayne Johnson is in early talks to star in and produce a film adaptation of “The Bourne Identity” author Robert Ludlum’s “The Janson Directive” at Universal Pictures.
Published in 2002, the story follows Paul Janson, an ex-Navy SEAL whose sadistic C.O. in Vietnam turned him over to the enemy. He escaped and returned with evidence of war crimes that caused his CO’s execution.
Years late, Janson is now a private security consultant whose latest job is rescuing an important man. When the job is botched, he is targeted for termination and his investigations lead him to uncover a massive scandal.
The studio reportedly sees this as another potential ‘Bourne’ style franchise but with Johnson in the lead. Writers are currently being sought to pen the script as a previous draft by John Hlavin has been scrapped.
The project is one of several film adaptations of Ludlum books in development. Universal is also developing a film version of “The Parsifal Mosaic” with Zhang Yimou attached to direct. Others still in development include a new version of “The Osterman Weekend” and adaptations of “The Materese Circle” “The Sigma Protocol,” “The Chancellor Manuscript” and the “Covert One” books.