The Rock to lead cinematic universe based on Robert Ludlum novels
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Rock is teaming up with Universal Pictures and screenwriter James Vanderbilt to star in a new cinematic universe based on the best-selling novels of Robert Ludlum.
The acclaimed author is also the creator of Jason Bourne, the character portrayed by Matt Damon in the long-running and popular "Bourne" franchise.
Though the report doesn't mention any crossover with Damon and the "Bourne" franchise, it does clarify that Ludlum's best seller "The Janson Directive" will be the first novel adapted and will star The Rock. Vanderbilt is set to write the screenplay with a story co-written by Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman.
"'The Janson Directive' is classic Robert Ludlum," The Rock told The Hollywood Reporter. "Sharp, edgy and layered storylines. The character is complex, conflicted, bada** 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."
With this new role in his sights, The Rock is certainly solidifying himself as one of the world's best action stars.