Universal Adapts Ludlum’s “Janson Directive”

Universal Pictures, Captivate Entertainment and Ludlum Entertainment are moving forward with an adaptation of “The Janson Directive”, one of ‘Bourne Identity’ author Robert Ludlum’s final works says Deadline.

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 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.

John Hlavin has been hired to pen the script while Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner will produce.