Dwayne Johnson set to lead movie series from Bourne creator Robert Ludlum's novels
Universal Pictures are to launch a new series of movies based on the novels of Robert Ludlum, best known as the creator of the Bourne series.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson will kick off the series by starring in the first of them, which is to be The Janson Directive. Two further movies, both adapted from Ludlum's novels, are already in development, with the idea being to create a cinematic universe with constant crossover.
The Janson Directive follows the story of Paul Janson, a former government operative who leaves the role to become a top-notch private security consultant. He then finds himself in trouble when he is framed for the murder of a prominent Nobel laureate and must join forces with the protege sent to kill him in order to survive.
Speaaking about the role, Johnson said: "Sharp, edgy and layered storylines. The character is complex, conflicted, bad ass and lethal — I can't wait to sink my teeth into this and bring him to life. Between Jamie, Akiva, Captivate and Universal, it's an exciting time to help produce and build out this awesome Ludlum universe."
James Vanderbilt, who has written Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man and the forthcoming sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, is on board to both write and direct the movie.
Speaking about the series, Vanderbilt said: "I’ve been obsessed with Robert Ludlum ever since I was a kid, and the opportunity to play in this sandbox and create an interconnected universe based on the works of one of the best espionage writers of all time is a dream come true."
Ludlum's most famous creation, Jason Bourne, will be back for a new movie this summer, starring a returning Matt Damon. For more on that and to see the latest trailer, click here.