Universal Plans Robert Ludlum Film Universe

Universal Pictures, Mythology Entertainment, Captivate Entertainment and screenwriter James Vanderbilt are all teaming up for a series of films based on the works of “The Bourne Identity” author Robert Ludlum.

Universal was previously working with Captivate on adaptations of not just ‘Janson’ but Ludlum’s “The Parsifal Mosaic,” “The Sigma Protocol” and “Covert One”. The new deal brings them all under one umbrella and gives them crossover elements.

The first film in this initiative will be an adaptation of “The Janson Directive” starring Dwayne Johnson. Vanderbilt (“The Rundown”) will adapt from a story co-written by Akiva Goldsman. Vanderbilt will also co-author two more treatments based on the Ludlum books which have not been named. The treatments will then be adapted into screenplays by scribes yet to be hired.

In the first film he’ll play Paul Janson, a former operative who is now the world’s best private security consultant. Framed for the murder of a prominent Nobel laureate, he must join forces with the protege sent to kill him in order to survive. It is unclear how Johnson’s character will figure into the future installments.

Vanderbilt, Goldsman, Ben Smith, Jeffrey Weiner, Brad Fischer, William Sherak and Hiram Garcia will all produce. At last report Zhang Yimou was attached to direct “The Parsifal Mosaic” and Frank Marshall to produce “Covert One,” no word if that’s the case any more.

Other studios are also developing adaptations of older school Ludlum books like “The Osterman Weekend,” “The Chancellor Manuscript” and “The Materese Circle”.

Source: Heat Vision