Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time!
Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Cover
Does Star Wars Have A Brain Trust?
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: 6 Issues For £15!
Subscribe today and save 37% off the cover price!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
New Doctor Who Trailer Materialises
Here we go again...
Colin Farrell In Talks For True Detective
Taylor Kitsch also a possibility
Rose Leslie Joins The Last Witch Hunter
She'll fight the supernatural with Vin Diesel
J.C. Chandor Charts Course For Deepwater Horizon
He's in talks for the oil rig disaster film
New Short Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer
'We knew the world would never accept us...'
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Strong At US Box Office
Apes take down 'bots
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
29 October 2013
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan On To Direct Highlander Reboot
VFX supervisor gets his first shot-calling job
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
The Punisher: War Zone (2009)
Empire Star Rating
Iron Man (2008)
Empire Star Rating
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Empire Star Rating
De-Lovely
Empire Star Rating
Life As A House
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Ludlum's Sigma Protocol Back On Track
Ben Hartman is the new Jason Bourne (?)

13 January 2012  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Ludlum's Sigma Protocol Back On Track

Last we heard, Robert Ludlum's typically doorstop-y thriller The Sigma Protocol was on the fast track for movie development at Universal. The thing is, that was back in the summer of 2008; maybe there were leaves on the line. This morning though, comes the news that, as the Bourne franchise prepares to return with The Bourne LegacyThe Sigma Protocol has also resurfaced, with veteran Irwin Winkler writing and producing.

Published in 2001, The Sigma Protocol was Ludlum's final novel, and is about 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.

"It's an ordinary guy who gets caught up in international intrigue, and who teams with this operative who is declared a rogue by the CIA,” says 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."

The last version of the screenplay was by Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, but it sounds as if Winkler will be starting from scratch for this version. He's co-writing with Jose Ruisanchez, who started out in visual effects but seems to have moved into producing through some time as Winkler's assistant. He doesn't seem to have any other writing credits.

Plot-wise, this looks to have some of the hallmarks of those travelogue 60s caper movies like Charade and To Catch A Thief (which is up for a remake). Recent attempts to revive that genre, however (Knight And Day, The Tourist), fared badly, so we're interested to see where Sigma Protocol might be heading.

As a producer, Winkler was behind successes like Rocky, The Gambler and Goodfellas, all of which have recently resurfaced in some form (Rocky as a musical, Gambler as a remake and Goodfellas as a TV series). "It’s nice to see this activity on past films, and it’s also nice to have some fresh action,” he says.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

New Phantom Menace 3D Posters
Here comes pod!
Denzel Washington Could Be The Equalizer
Update: He's in!

Your Comments

Sounds great
And even better, it's probably all true... More

Posted by Simon124 at 14:56 on 13 January 2012 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
How To Create Your Dragon: The Inspirations Behind The Creatures
DreamWorks' animator reveals the ingredients for the movie's dragons

Video: Mark Ruffalo On Begin Again, Science Bros And Underpants Acting
Plus Empire meets director John Carney and co-star James Corden

Movie Poster Mashups: The Wes Anderson Edition
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be appalled at the punning...

Film Studies 101: Ten Movie Formats That Shook The World
The pre-digital innovations that formed modern cinema

Exodus: Gods And Kings: Ridley Scott's Trailer Breakdown
The director talks us through his enormous Biblical epic

Jay Baruchel Talks How To Train Your Dragon 2
From The Human Centipede to the origin of 'Useless reptile'

Watch: Industrial Light & Magic's Greatest Hits
From Star Wars to Transformers, we run through some of the best individual moments from the special effects masters

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £18!
Special 25th anniversary offer for one month only! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)