Director takes on Ludlum adaptation

Universal Pictures has attached Ron Howard to direct “The Parsifal Mosaic,” an adaptation of the espionage thriller by “The Bourne Identity” author Robert Ludlum.

David Self will adapt the Ludlum novel about a CIA operative who thinks he witnessed the execution of his lover after she was identified as a KGB double agent.

Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer will produce with Captivate Entertainment partners Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith. Imagine’s David Bernardi will be exec producer.

The studio, which is separately developing a fourth “Bourne” installment with director Paul Greengrass, and “The Sigma Protocol” (an adaptation of yet another Ludlum thriller), began negotiating the rights for “Parsifal Mosaic,” for which it had first-look rights in a deal U made with Captivate, which controls screen rights to the late author’s books.

Self, best known for “Road to Perdition,” most recently co-scripted “The Wolf Man” for Universal.

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