Saturday, January 14, 2012

Robert Ludlum's final book to be adapted by Irwin Winkler

I read on Empire who got it from Deadline who heard it from their source ... that legendary producer Irwin Winkler who has been producing Oscar-weight movies since the early 70's - (Rocky, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Right Stuff, They Shoot Horses Don't They)  is attached to write and direct the screen adaptation of Robert Ludlum's last book, The Sigma Protocol.
It's especially interesting Since Universal is currently trying to build a new Bourne franchise based scripts without Bourne in them! See my post about The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner for more on that.
Well this isn't a Bourne book either - poor Eric Van Lustbader can't catch a break. Sigma Protocol is about an ordinary guy, Ben Hartman, "a young investment banker on holiday in Switzerland, who discovers that a secret organization (comprised of top corporate CEOs and nazi war criminals) has long been controlling the global economy. Witnessing a killing gets him embroiled in the conspiracy, which in turn sees him marked for death and on the run with a female FBI agent."
According to Winkler,  “Unlike Bourne, who is a trained assassin, this is an innocent guy traveling in Europe who gets in way over his head. And it has all the great Ludlum intrigue." He also said they plan to build a franchise around this ordinary guy who gets wrapped up in international intrigue.

In the book he is early 30's, very wealthy. He's actually trying to figure out why his twin brother was murdered when he gets shot at. The FBI agent, Anna Navarro, is an absolute pro, another of the upcoming trend of uber strong women. She is similar age and gorgeous. Casting ideas, anyone?  Sounds like a great way for Ryan Gosling to go action in a big, big way. Perhaps his current lady love, Eva Mendes as Anna? I can see her as a 'kick-ass' female spy type. I don't know enough about her work to know if she can act or not. Or does she need to in a vehicle like this?
Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway had written a script but Winkler will reportedly start fresh, writing with Jose Ruis Sanchez. Apparently Ruis Sanchez started out in visual effects, before becoming Winkler's assistant and moving into writing/producing. That's Hollywood, baby. It's who you know!
It's not clear if Jose Padhila, the last of a string of directors who signed on to helm, is still on board. That was back in 2009 so who knows.
Any Ludlum fans out there want to weigh in?

No comments:

Post a Comment

I love that you're leaving a comment! Thanks.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...