July 18, 2016Posted by : The Booknerds
Hollywood has been good to Dwayne Johnson since the wrestler made his acting debut as The Scorpion King in 2001’s The Mummy Returns. Since then he has experienced success from the Journey the Center of the Earth, G.I. Joe, and Fast & Furious franchises.He will soon be playing the supervillain, Black Adam in Warner Bros./DC Comics’ feature, Shazam.
Dwayne Johnson is set to star in a movie based on the late Robert Ludlum’s best-selling thriller “The Janson Directive” for Universal, a project the studio foresees as launching a franchise akin to its successful Ludlum-based “Jason Bourne” series.
The Janson Directive was published posthumously in 2002.It follows an ex-Navy SEAL who’s targeted by the U.S. government after taking part in a rescue mission that goes horribly wrong. Similar to the Bourne series, The Janson Directive deals with a hero wronged by government conspiracies, forced to work outside the law to clear his name.
Dwayne Johnson recently tweeted about Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Akiva Goldman (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) will be writing the script.
Originally, in Ludlum’s novel the character of Paul Janson is a veteran of the Vietnam War, but it seems likely Goldsman will update this origin to better fit a modern setting. Much like how Jason Bourne was brought out of the Cold War and into today’s political climate.
Book: The Janson Directive
Author: Robert Ludlum
About the author: Robert Ludlum was the author of 25 thriller novels, including The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum—the books on which the international hit movies were based—and The Sigma Protocol. He was also the creator of the Covert-One series. Born in New York City, Ludlum received a B.A. from Wesleyan University, and before becoming an author, he was a United States Marine, a theater actor and producer.
Book Summary: When billionaire philanthropist Peter Novak is kidnapped by a terrorist known as The Caliph, it's up to Paul Janson—a legend in the notorious U.S. covert agency Consular Operations—to save him. But Janson's rescue operation goes horribly wrong and soon Janson is marked for death, the target of a "beyond salvage" order issued from the highest level of the government. Now Janson is running for his life, pursued by Jessica Kincaid, a young agent of astonishing ability who can anticipate and counter his every move. To survive, Janson must outrace a conspiracy that has gone beyond the control of its originators. To win, he must counter it with a conspiracy of his own.
Excerpt from the book:”The worldwide headquarters of the Harnett Corporation occupied the top two floors of a sleek black-glass tower on Dearborn Street, in Chicago’s Loop. Harnett was an international construction firm, but not the kind that put up skyscrapers in American metropolises. Most of its projects were outside the United States; along with larger corporations such as Bechtel, Vivendi, and Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux, it contracted for projects like dams, wastewater treatment plants, and gas turbine power stations—unglamorous but necessary infrastructure. Such projects posed civil-engineering challenges rather than aesthetic ones, but they also required an ability to work the ever shifting zone between public and private sectors. Third World countries, pressured by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to sell off publicly owned assets, routinely sought bidders for telephone systems, water and power utilities, railways, and mines. As ownership changed hands, new construction work was required, and narrowly focused firms like the Harnett Corporation had come into their own.”
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