Robert Ludlum’s prolific world of characters which include Jason Bourne among many, is about to get a new entry. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will slip into the skin of ex-Navy Seal Paul Janson (I think Cruise is also an ex-Navy Seal for the Universal’s The Mummy reboot), in The Janson Directive. This film has been on the burner for a while now, getting some steam in 2011, but we haven’t heard anything about it for some time. Akiva Goldsmith will act as co-writer in what is likely a franchise, in a universe of other characters stitched together.Â The books which were mentioned are The Parsifal Mosaic, The Sigma ProtocolÂ andÂ Covert One. And yes those have all different characters.
Johnson as a former operative who is now a world-famous security consultant. When he takes on a job to rescue a kidnapped NobelÂ laureate, his life is thrown upside down after the rescue mission goes horribly wrong and heâ€™s charged with the victimâ€™s death.
The Rock’s career seems to be on the pick-up. If his Doc Savage with Shane Black is a success along with The Janson Directive, not to mention anyone of the other throwaway films like Jumanji, he could be headed out of the tier he’s been laying in for a while.