We already knew one of the 1,000 movies to feature The Rock over the next few years would be an adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Directive. The story’s all about this legendary badass who suddenly finds himself hunted by the very government for which he used to work, a first for a Robert Ludlum story.
The Ludlum book will be adapted by White House Down and The Amazing Spider-Man writer James Vanderbilt. But when he’s done, he doesn’t exactly get to leave the office. He, along with Mythology Entertainment fellas Brad Fischer and William Sherak and Captivate Entertainment people Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner, are going to sit down and hammer out a Robert Ludlum cinematic universe.
Interestingly, none of this will include Jason Bourne, which is probably a good sign. Instead, they will have to go off of books like The Parsifal Mosaic, The Sigma Protocol, and Covert One (for a full list of potential titles, go here). Vanderbilt just has to come up with some treatments for more movies and hand them off to other screenwriters. Then, if he’s lucky and a very good boy, they will let him go home.
As for The Janson Directive, it’ll be interesting seeing The Rock take on something like that after spending so much time being a somewhat kitschy version of himself. It’ll also be interesting to see how many of these other films his character cameos in. That Rock is one busy guy.