In June, it was revealed that Universal Pictures had bought the rights to Jason Bourne creator Robert Ludlum’s posthumous novel, The Janson Directive. The studio was said to be in early negotiations with their Fast & Furious 7 star Dwayne Johnson to lead the cast and produce. Johnson has just confirmed the deal in the tweet you see below.
As mentioned by Johnson, Akiva Goldsman will write the script based on the novel, which is described as follows:
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…
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 27, 2014
What do you think about Johnson taking on the role?