Dwayne Johnson is certainly a name that keeps popping up when reporting upcoming projects, mostly due to the fact that he’s been igniting franchises everywhere you look. Apart from The Fast & Furious and G.I. Joe, just to name some of his bigger ones, Johnson is now being eyed by Universal to star in Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Directive. Variety is reporting that the actor is in early talks to play the lead character in the latest adaptation from The Bourne Identity author, a role that could see him leading a new spy franchise.
The book tells of Paul Janson, “a former consular ops agent who, after leaving covert operations due to the high number of sanctioned serial killings, goes into business as private security consultant. Teamed with a sharpshooter, Janson only takes assignments that he believes will lead to helping those in need.”
If the deal goes through, Johnson will also be attached as the project’s producer. Universal is currently on the lookout for screenwriters.
Dwayne Johnson will next be seen in Hercules, which is to be released later this month. Fast & Furious 7 hits U.S. cinemas next April and G.I. Joe 3 should be hitting U.S. cinemas in 2016.
For those interested, here’s Amazon’s synopsis of Robert Ludlum’s book The Janson Directive:
When billionaire philanthropist Peter Novak is kidnapped by a terrorist known as The Caliph, it’s up to Paul Janson—a legend in the notorious U.S. covert agency Consular Operations—to save him. But Janson’s rescue operation goes horribly wrong…and soon Janson is marked for death, the target of a “beyond salvage” order issued from the highest level of the government. Now Janson is running for his life, pursued by Jessica Kincaid, a young agent of astonishing ability who can anticipate and counter his every move. To survive, Janson must outrace a conspiracy that has gone beyond the control of its originators. To win, he must counter it with a conspiracy of his own…