In case you haven’t noticed, Cinematic Universes are all the rage out in Hollywood. It seems franchises are no longer good enough for studios, and universes open up practically endless possibilities. Enter Dwayne Johnson, who is teaming up with Universal and screenwriter James Vanderbilt to bring us the Robert Ludlum Cinematic Universe.
Ludlum is the author behind the Bourne series, and Dwayne Johnson is kicking off this extended universe with The Janson Directive, which Johnson called “classic Robert Ludlum.” The film centers on a former CIA operative who is being hunted by the agency who hired him after being framed for a murder.
“[The story is full of] Sharp, edgy and layered storylines,” Johnson said. “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 [Goldsman], Captivate and Universal, it’s an exciting time to help produce and build out this awesome Ludlum universe.”
The Janson Directive will kick off a new series of Robert Ludlum adaptations, which will all have thin connective tissue so this can qualify as a shared universe. This is Universal’s second Cinematic Universe; their monsterverse kicking off next year with Tom Cruise in The Mummy.