Frank Marshall to Direct New Robert Ludlum Film Covert One

May 20, 2010
Source: Pajiba

Frank Marshall

Although we know the Jason Bourne franchise, originally based on Robert Ludlum novels, is currently dead, that doesn't mean Hollywood isn't mining the Ludlum archives for more story ideas. Pajiba reports that big time producer Frank Marshall will be directing an adaptation of a series of books called the Covert One series, which weren't actually written by Ludlum himself, but were put together "by several other authors, in conjunction with Ludlum." They don't have many details yet or anything to report, but do say that it's setup at Universal with Captivate Entertainment (who has most of the Ludlum feature film rights) developing it.

The Covert-One book series features a team of political & technical experts, belonging to a top-secret U.S. agency called Covert-One, who fight corruption and conspiracy at the highest and most dangerous levels of society. The first book, The Hades Factor, was actually adapted into a CBS miniseries back in 2006, but I don't even remember hearing about it. Although Frank Marshall is probably best known as a producer, he previously directed Arachnophobia, Alive, Congo, and Eight Below in 2006, but nothing since then. This sounds like it could be pretty fun, so we'll make sure to keep you updated on whatever we hear. Stay tuned!

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  • Benny B.
    This should be better than Congo at least
  • Squiggly_P
    I actually have a DVD of The Hades Factor. It's not that great, but it's not because of the story. It's the execution. The movie takes stuff that should be really exciting and suspenseful and somehow makes it dull. I can see this being a really good flick, tho. Biological terror plot, political sabotage, rogue CIA rescue missions, crap like that. It would make for great drama if the flick hadn't been shot like it was an episode of NCIS or something.
  • Dave Lister, J.M.C.
    This has 'suck' written all over it. 'Congo' was perhaps the worst movie I have ever seen.




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