Dwayne Johnson May Follow Robert Ludlum's 'The Janson Directive'
Universal has found success bringing Robert Ludlum's covert asset Jason Bourne to the big screen with a film trilogy starring Matt Damon, and a spin-off franchise starring Jeremy Renner. Now one more might be added to the mix as Variety reports the studio is in early talks with Dwayne Johnson to lead The Janson Directive. Similar to the main character from the Bourne series, the book follows a former consular ops agent who leaves the covert operations behind due to a high number of sanctioned serial killings. Like a less aggressive Jack Reacher, Janson decides to go into business as private security consultant. More below!
However, rather than working by himself, Janson teams up with a sharpshooter and only takes assignments that he believes will lead to helping those in need. Universal is hoping this can turn into another viable franchise (after picking up the book in 2011), especially with a star like Johnson in the lead. But of course, the studio is only in early talks, so there's no telling whether or not this project will come through. The actor could use another big franchise, since Fast & Furious likely won't last forever. And while he does have G.I. Joe 3 on the way, that's another franchise that may not last much longer. We'll see what happens.