Jose Padilha Directing Robert Ludlum's Sigma Protocol
by Alex Billington
January 27, 2009
Last June we announced that an adaptation of Robert Ludlum's last novel that he finished, Sigma Protocol, was being fast-tracked at Universal, with Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway penning the screenplay. Universal has announced today that Jose Padilha, of Bus 174 and The Elite Squad, will be getting his big break directing Sigma Protocol. Although the stories aren't the same, this project is being referred to as the next big franchise in line to replace the Bourne trilogy, primarily because Robert Ludlum penned the books for which both are based on. Padilha is gearing up for a summer shoot.
Briefly, Sigma Protocol is another modern-day man on the run kind of story set in Europe. The story follows a young investment banker who discovers a secret organization that has been manipulating the global economy. While he is also pursued by assassins and agents, this differs from the Bourne series in that it uses a World War II conspiracy and Nazis as a plot hook. You can read more about the story in our original article (or just pick up a copy of the book). I've never seen any of Padilha's previous films, so it'll be interesting to see how he handles a big Hollywood blockbuster like this. No word on casting yet.