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Actor Dwayne Johnson is in talks to bring author Robert Ludlum's novel The Janson Directive to life on the big screen.
If the Fast Five star signs on, he will take on the role of an ex-Navy Seal and covert operations specialist who finds himself at the centre of a termination plot after a rescue mission-gone-wrong, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bosses at Universal Pictures, the studio behind the project, have yet to attach a screenwriter or director as the film is currently in the early stages of development.
However, they are reportedly keen to turn the movie adaptation into a franchise, just like Ludlum's Bourne series. The Janson Directive was published in 2002, a year after Ludlum's death.
Universal is moving forward with an adaptation of Robert Ludlum's The Janson Directive, Deadline.com reports. Screenwriter John Hlavin (Underworld Awakening) has been hired to adapt the novel, published a year after the Bourne scribe's 2001 death, which tells the story of a covert operative whose efforts to rescue a kidnapped billionaire go horribly awry, leaving him targeted for termination. Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner will produce through their Captivate Entertainment banner.
The next installment in the Bourne saga, The Bourne Legacy, opens August 3, 2012. Click below for more images of Bourne Legacy star Jeremy Renner: