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Dwayne Johnson to launch Universal's Robert Ludlum Cinematic Universe

05.19.2016

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Collectively, the Jason Bourne film franchise has grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, which is probably why a cinematic universe is in the works based on author Robert Ludlum's non-Bourne novels.

THR has learned that Universal has joined forces with screenwriter James Vanderbilt (ZODIAC, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), Mythology Entertainment's Brad Fischer and William Sherak, and Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner of Captivate Entertainment to develop a series of films based on the works of Ludlum.

The first installment of the planned movie universe will be THE JANSON DIRECTIVE starring Dwayne Johnson, and Vanderbilt is adapting Ludlum's novel of the same name for the screen from a story co-authored with Akiva Goldsman. The book centers on Paul Janson, "a former operative who is now the best private security consultant in the world. The action begins 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." At the moment, it's not clear if Johnson's Janson will appear in any of the other movies.

Universal is also looking to to bring Ludlum's The Parsifal Mosaic, The Sigma Protocol and Covert One to the big screen, while Vanderbilt will "co-author two more stories/treatments based on the Ludlum books, which have not been named, giving shape to the action universe." What are your thoughts on a Robert Ludlum cinematic universe?

Johnson is currently filming for Seth Gordon's BAYWATCH, and the actor can be seen next starring alongside Kevin Hart in CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE, which hits theaters on June 17, 2016.

Source: THR

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2:29PM on 05/19/2016
The Rock? HAH!

Thusly did Universal's Robert Ludlum Cinematic Universe die, stillborn.
The Rock? HAH!

Thusly did Universal's Robert Ludlum Cinematic Universe die, stillborn.
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12:51PM on 05/19/2016

Nobody fucking cares about Ludlum...

Seriously? A Ludlum universe?? Why not Tom Clancy?
Seriously? A Ludlum universe?? Why not Tom Clancy?
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12:36PM on 05/19/2016

TOO MUCH ROCK

The guy better slow down ... He is pimping himself out to every major franchise and production company known to mankind (see what I did there wrestling fans???) While his charisma, charm, and otherwordly appearance are occasionally fun to watch, we all need to face facts that Dwayne Johnson is an atrocious actor, sometimes unbearable to watch. Please, someone, anyone, give me an example of a movie in which you believe Dwayne Johnson acted well (not even saying great). He is the Sylvester
The guy better slow down ... He is pimping himself out to every major franchise and production company known to mankind (see what I did there wrestling fans???) While his charisma, charm, and otherwordly appearance are occasionally fun to watch, we all need to face facts that Dwayne Johnson is an atrocious actor, sometimes unbearable to watch. Please, someone, anyone, give me an example of a movie in which you believe Dwayne Johnson acted well (not even saying great). He is the Sylvester Stallone of the millenial generation. Make him run around in the woods killing random people with no dialogue or affect for 90 minutes and make a hit movie.
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1:09PM on 05/19/2016
I thought he acted well in SNITCH and the dramatic scenes of THE GAME PLAN. Being funny is also a sign of being a good actor, and he was funny in BE COOL, GET SMART, TOOTH FAIRY and THE OTHER GUYS.
I thought he acted well in SNITCH and the dramatic scenes of THE GAME PLAN. Being funny is also a sign of being a good actor, and he was funny in BE COOL, GET SMART, TOOTH FAIRY and THE OTHER GUYS.
11:17AM on 05/19/2016
How many franchises could Dwayne Johnson take on? He's been involved in a ton of them already.
How many franchises could Dwayne Johnson take on? He's been involved in a ton of them already.
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11:04AM on 05/19/2016

Whatever happened to The Matarese Circle adaptation?

That was supposed to be starring Denzel Washington as CIA spy Brandon Scofield and Tom Cruise as KGB spy Vasili Taleniekov?? I heard about it a year or so ago and personally thought the plot and the casting sounded positively badass! I really was looking forward to it, and then... nothing. I still definitely hope they do the adaptation with both Denzel and Cruise.
That was supposed to be starring Denzel Washington as CIA spy Brandon Scofield and Tom Cruise as KGB spy Vasili Taleniekov?? I heard about it a year or so ago and personally thought the plot and the casting sounded positively badass! I really was looking forward to it, and then... nothing. I still definitely hope they do the adaptation with both Denzel and Cruise.
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9:29AM on 05/19/2016
Do Ludlum's various stories all share the same universe in the novels or is this just a movie thing? Personally, I don't have a problem with them doing this - I love the Bourne movies and I've always been a sucker for books, animated shows or live action stuff set in a shared universe.
Do Ludlum's various stories all share the same universe in the novels or is this just a movie thing? Personally, I don't have a problem with them doing this - I love the Bourne movies and I've always been a sucker for books, animated shows or live action stuff set in a shared universe.
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