Friday, January 15, 2010

Paramount Moving Forward with Film Adaptation of Robert Ludlum's The Chancellor Manuscript

The Chancellor Manuscript by Robert Ludlum
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Variety is reporting that Paramount has tapped Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) to direct the Peter O'Brien (Unlocked) adaptation of Robert Ludlum's 1977 political thriller The Chancellor Manuscript.

The project, which has been in limbo since the studio acquired the rights in 2005, is reportedly being developed for Leonardo DiCaprio.

Ludlum's novels (with dates of original publication) have been the basis for a large number of both theatrical and made-for-television films, including all three Bourne movies, The Osterman Weekend (1972), The Holcroft Covenant (1978), and The Apocalypse Watch (1995). Titles that are in various stages of development include The Sigma Protocol (2001), The Matarese Circle (1979), and The Parsifal Mosaic (1982).

About The Chancellor Manuscript: Did J. Edgar Hoover die a natural death? Or was he murdered? Inver Brass -- a group of high-minded and high-placed intellectuals -- see a monstrous threat to the country in Hoover's unethical use of his scandal-ridden private files. They decide to do away with him -- quietly, efficiently, with no hint of impropriety. Until best-selling thriller writer Peter Chancellor stumbles onto information that makes his precious books like harmless fairy tales. Now Chancellor and Inver Brass are on a deadly collision course, spiraling across the globe in an ever-widening arc of violence and terror. Hurtling toward a showdown that will rip Washington's intelligence community apart -- leaving only one damning document to survive ...

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