A couple of months ago Dwayne Johnson was reported to be in talks to star in Universal’s adaptation of Robert Ludlum‘s novel The Janson Directive. Now it has been confirmed that he is officially cast. Not only that, but Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman will be writing the script (presumably a page-one rewrite of the draft John Hlavin was commissioned to execute a few years ago). Make no mistake, Universal wants to fashion this into a Bourne style franchise for Johnson and I… have no problem with that. It’s gotta be better than The Bourne Legacy.
The story follows a former consular ops agent who goes into business as a private security consultant after becoming uncomfortable with the high number of sanctioned killings as a covert operative. I’m kind of looking forward to seeing Johnson do serious action work that doesn’t have the wink and nod element built in (though I love the Fast & Furious movies). Hit the jump for more on The Janson Directive.