Ron Howard to Direct Robert Ludlum's Parsifal Mosaic
by Alex Billington
July 30, 2009
In February we wrote about how Universal was fast-tracking their adaptation of "The Parsifal Mosaic," another spy novel from Bourne author Robert Ludlum. Variety announces that Ron Howard will direct the movie, with a script being written by David Self (The Haunting, Thirteen Days, Road to Perdition, The Wolf Man). Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, who has produced almost every single Ron Howard movie to date, will produce The Parsifal Mosaic. Coming off of Angels & Demons, Howard is also attached to direct The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft, The Originals, The Emperor's Children, and other projects.
"The Parsifal Mosaic", published in 1982, is an espionage thriller about CIA agent Michael Havelock. At the beginning of the novel he believes he has just witnessed the execution of his partner and the love of his life, Jenna Karas, who had been marked for execution because she had been proved to be a KGB double agent. He retires, but sees her alive at a train station and attempts to find her and unravel a conspiracy. Soon, the agents become involved in an effort to track down the Parsifal, a shadowy figure behind a blackmail scheme. This seems like a great project for Howard to direct - I'm looking forward to seeing him bring this to life.