Winkler To Adapt “Sigma Protocol”

Scribes Irwin Winkler (“Rocky,” “Goodfellas”) and Jose Ruisanchez have been hired to pen the long gestating international thriller “The Sigma Protocol” for Universal Pictures says Deadline.

Based on the final completed novel of the late “Bourne Identity” author Robert Ludlum, the 2001 thriller follows the son of a Holocaust survivor who gets entangled in an international conspiracy by industrialists and financiers to take advantage of wartime technology that reverses aging.

“Iron Man” co-writers Matt Holloway and Art Marcum penned a previous version which updated the novel so the lead guy was a Wall Street type who specializes in the economy of catastrophic events. Winkler and Ruisanchez are ditching that in favour of a return to the details of the book.

Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) and Jose Padilha (“Elite Squad”) were previously set to helm, at present however no-one is yet attached in that capacity. Winkler, Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith will produce.