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Universal setting up cinematic universe with Dwayne Johnson

Universal has it’s eye on setting up another movie universe.

According to THR, the studio is teaming up with screenwriter James Vanderbilt and his partners at Mythology Entertainment, Brad Fischer and William Sherak, as well as Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner of Captivate Entertainment to launch a series of films based on Robert Ludlum’s novels – the author behind the Bourne franchise.

The first project will be an adaptation adaptation of Ludlum’s “The Janson Directive”, which has Dwayne Johnson attached to star and Vanderbilt on board to pen the screenplay from a story co-authored with Akiva Goldsman.

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. – via THR.

Captivate’s Smith and Weiner are producing the film with Vanderbilt, Fischer and Sherak. Goldsman also is producing, as is Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions.

Exec producers are Johnson and Dany Garcia via Seven Bucks with Tracey Nyberg of Mythology.

Vanderbilt will co-author two more stories/treatments based on the Ludlum books. The treatments will then be adapted into screenplays by writers yet to be hired.

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