In an interview with producer Frank Marshall last December, Marshall said that they were eyeing Robert Ludlum’s “The Parsifal Mosaic” as the story for the fourth “Bourne” movie. Now, however, Variety says the fourth film and “Parsifal Mosaic” will be two separate films.
Universal is negotiating for screen rights to “Mosaic,” an espionage thriller that shapes up as the first major project for Captivate Entertainment, the company that controls screen rights to Ludlum novels.
Universal is working on a fourth “Bourne” film for Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass based on an original idea, and Universal and Strike Entertainment are preparing an adaptation of Ludlum’s “The Sigma Protocol.”
“The Parsifal Mosaic” revolves around a U.S. intelligence agent who thinks he witnesses the execution of his lover, who was identified as a KGB double agent.
He retires, but sees her alive at a train station and attempts to find her and unravel a conspiracy. Soon, the agents become involved in an effort to track down Parsifal, a shadowy figure behind a blackmail scheme.
Universal is expected to put the film on a fast track.