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Michael Havelock the new Bourne?

13 February 2009  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Variety

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We'll soon be needing a dedicated Robert Ludlum news channel. Hot on the heels of the announcement that Tom Cruise in is negotiations to star in David Cronenberg's The Matarese Circle (Cruise! Cronenberg! OMG!), comes news that Universal are picking up screen rights to another Ludlum thriller, The Parsifal Mosaic.

The Parsifal Mosaic continues Ludlum's line in troubled Cold Warriors. It follows Michael Havelock, a Czech emigree-turned-US intelligence agent who believes he's witnessed his girlfriend's assassination, only to later glimpse her in a Rome train station. Havelock is tipped into a shady world of double-crossing and geopolitics, with 'Parsifal' the shady figure behind a nuclear blackmail scheme.

As with Bourne, we'd expect Universal to make some changes, and possibly update the Cold War setting. (The title may need a look too, sounding like something you'd come across on the Antiques Roadshow.)

Ludlum, who died in 2001, has posthumously become something of a box-office behemoth. With the Bourne trilogy racking up grosses of more than $1billion and the new Bond indebted more to Ludlum than Ian Fleming, his books have reinvigorated the action thriller genre. There are 25 more Ludlum books available to be optioned, so brace yourself for a new wave of gritty antiheroes...


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To be honest the Bourne books are awful,the films are a 100 times better, in the books his wife is always getting kidnapped and it is explained that he lives a double live every second page. More

Posted by titch at 15:19 on 14 February 2009 | Report This Post

no please no... Not tom cruise. More

Posted by mccallf at 13:34 on 13 February 2009 | Report This Post

This could be Bourne 4
I heard that Universall could be using the storyline of this book and adapting it to become the new bourne film. I looked at the synopsis and it could work fantastically. "The Bourne Mosaic"... quite a good title; connotes a sense of the scale if bourne's effect on everythig and everyone in his universe. More

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