Dwayne Johnson May Follow Robert Ludlum's 'The Janson Directive'

July 8, 2014
Source: Variety

Dwayne Johnson / 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.

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Hell Yeah. Perfect role for The Rock.

DAVIDPD on Jul 8, 2014


As for franchises, he may yet appear in the DCCU. That'll keep em busy.

The Walking Cuban on Jul 8, 2014


The (character name) (noun).

OfficialJab on Jul 8, 2014


Am a bit confused, the article says the title is "The Jason Directive" but the article title says "The Janson Directive". Did they change the title from the book to the movie or is it a spelling error? Because am sure audiences wouldn't have trouble saying Janson.

Stephen Ritchie on Jul 8, 2014


He doesn't proof his work. That's "oldschool".

RJmacready on Jul 9, 2014


Sounds like my kinda movie...

Bl00dwerK on Jul 9, 2014


Great book but never would picture the Rock in it. The character in the books is an older guy, retired from the spy business to do his own thing. I picture him more like John from Person of Interest but with a fun more easy going personality but just as badass. The Rock is just not a good fit to me. I will be kind of sad if this happens just because I love the books so much.

Lee Glasgow on Jul 10, 2014

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