Universal Teams With Dwayne Johnson, James Vanderbilt on Robert Ludlum Universe

With the wheels already in motion for its classic movie monsters universe, Universal is now ready to develop new movies based on the creator of one of its most popular franchises.

Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner/Captivate Entertainment, together with James Vanderbilt, Brad Fischer and William Sherak/Mythology have closed a deal with Universal to produce a collective universe of films based on the bestselling novels of Robert Ludlum, who is best known for creating the Jason Bourne series that the studio has already turned into massive movie franchise. The first feature being developed in the new venture is Ludlum’s “The Janson Directive” starring Dwayne Johnson.

Johnson is attached to star and executive produce alongside Dany Garcia and their company, Seven Bucks Productions, with Tracey Nyberg of Mythology. Seven Bucks Productions’ Hiram Garcia; Captivate’s Smith and Weiner; and Mythology’s Vanderbilt, Fischer and Sherak will produce along with Akiva Goldsman.

Vanderbilt will adapt the book from a story he co-authored with Academy Award-winner Goldsman.

The story follows a former clandestine operative, now the best private security consultant in the world, who is framed for a horrendous crime and must join forces with the protégée sent to kill him in order to survive.

Vanderbilt will concurrently co-author two more stories which will be adapted into screenplays, based on Ludlum titles to tie into the universe.

Captivate Entertainment, Mythology Entertainment, Vanderbilt, Johnson, Dany Garcia and the Ludlum Estate are represented by WME. Goldsman is represented by WME and attorney Barry Littman.

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