James Vanderbilt

Dwayne Johnson's Janson Directive to launch Robert Ludlum movie universe

Dwayne Johnson and James Vanderbilt have a new directive to bring more of Robert Ludlum’s spy thrillers to the big screen for Universal Pictures.

EW can confirm that the studio has closed a deal with Captivate Entertainment and Mythology to produce an interconnected cinematic universe based on Ludlum’s novels, beginning with an adaptation of The Janson Directive starring Johnson and scripted by Vanderbilt.

Ludlum, who died in 2001, was the author of 27 novels, including the books that inspired Universal’s Jason Bourne series.

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