Thursday, May 20, 2010

Film Adaptations of Robert Ludlum's Covert One Thrillers under Development

The Hades Factor by Robert Ludlum
More information about the book

Pajiba is reporting that the series of Covert One thrillers by Robert Ludlum (and assorted co-authors) will be the basis of a potential franchise of films, the first of which is expected to be directed by Frank Marshall. The first book in the series, The Hades Factor, originally published in 2000, was previously adapted for the television mini-series Covert One: The Hades Factor that aired on CBS during 2006.

Captivate Entertainment has the rights to all of Ludlum's novels, and is reportedly working on several projects including adaptations of The Materese Circle, The Parsifal Mosaic, The Sigma Protocol, The Chancellor Manuscript, a remake of The Osterman Weekend, and (if it ever sees the light of day) the fourth Bourne film.

About The Hades Factor (from the publisher): Covert-One is the code name for three brave men who risk their lives to uncover the truth behind the today's most deadly power plays: bright, driven U.S. Army doctor Jon Smith; eccentric electronic genius Marty Zellerback; and fearless foreign intelligence expert Peter Howell.

A baffling virus has claimed the lives of four people across the country -- including Dr. Sophia Russell, a research scientist working to understand the disease. Bitter and broken-hearted over the death of his beautiful fiance, Jon Smith is determined to uncover the cause of the virus that killed her -- and prevent it from turning into a pandemic of epic proportions. There are two men who can help Smith -- and with their brilliance and expertise, he'll travel across the globe and into the darkest corridors of murder and greed, to find a killer who would sacrifice millions of lives for his own success ... and whose first target is Smith himself, the only man who can stop him.

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