Universal is eyeing Dwayne Johnson to lead the cast of the upcoming spy film "The Janson Directive," which is based on the novel of the same title written by Robert Ludlum.
There is no writer or director attached to the big screen project yet as it still in its early stages of development. Captivate Entertainment, which manages the estate of Ludlum, is producing, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
If an agreement is reached between the film studio and Johnson, the 42-year-old professional wrestler and actor will also produce the project, Variety reported.
"The Janson Directive" was published in 2002, just a year after the death of Ludlum, who also wrote the Jason Bourne books. It tells the story of a former Navy SEAL and consular operations agent named Paul Janson, who left his job in covert operations due to the high number of sanctioned serial killings. He then works as a private security consultant, but when a rescue operation fails, he is threatened to be terminated forcing him to clear his name.
Multiple sources said Universal is planning the project to be a "Jason Bourne-esque franchise" for Johnson.
Johnson has already established a strong connection with the film studio, as he already starred in the firm's "Fast and Furious" film series, whose latest installment will bow next April.
Johnson will also be next seen in Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures adventure film "Hercules," which is set for a July 25 release. The pic which is directed by Brett Ratner, is based graphic novel "Hercules: The Thracian Wars," The Hollywood Reporter reported. It also stars Ian McShane, Reece Ritchie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Joseph Fiennes, and John Hurt, among many others.
The Hayward, California-born actor is also currently shooting New Line Cinema's action-adventure disaster flick "San Andreas" in Australia. It is directed by Brad Peyton and is set for a June 5, 2015 release.