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THE JANSON DIRECTIVE: Universal Plans Series Starring Dwayne Johnson

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Universal Pictures gives the greenlight to The Janson Directive. The studio intends to create a shared cinematic universe based on the works of Robert Ludlum and starring Dwayne Johnson.

Assembling an impressive team for the project, Universal has joined forces with screenwriter James Vanderbilt and Captivate Entertainment’s Ben Smith to bring the action-packed thrillers of Ludlum to life:

The Janson Directive is classic Robert Ludlum,” Johnson told The Hollywood Reporter. “Sharp, edgy and layered storylines. The character is complex, conflicted, bad ass and lethal — I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this and bring him to life. Between Jamie, Akiva, Captivate and Universal, it’s an exciting time to help produce and build out this awesome Ludlum universe.’

Janson centers on Paul Janson, a former operative who is now the best private security consultant in the world. The action begins when he is framed for the murder of a prominent Nobel laureate and must join forces with the protege sent to kill him in order to survive.

Producing Janson will be Captivate’s Smith and Weiner, along with Vanderbilt, Fischer and Sherak. Goldsman also is producing, as is Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions.

Johnson and Dany Garcia are executive producing via Seven Bucks with Tracey Nyberg of Mythology.

“I’ve been obsessed with Robert Ludlum ever since I was a kid, and the opportunity to play in this sandbox and create an interconnected universe based on the works of one of the best espionage writers of all time is a dream come true,” said Vanderbilt.

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