Jose Padilha Signs up for the Sigma Protocols

Brazilian director Jose Padilha (“Elite Squad”) is currently in negotiations to helm Universal’s next big spy franchise, “The Sigma Protocol”, based on a novel by spy-master Robert Ludlum, whose Bourne novels were of course turned into the Bourne movies starring Matt Damon and directed by Paul Greengrass. Although if you’ve read the novels and seen the movies, you know that aside from the first 15 minutes of “The Bourne Identity”, the books and movies have almost no resemblance whatsoever. The plot of “Sigma” once again has a U.S. agent avoiding capture by his foreign counterparts in Europe. And Nazis. There are also Nazis in this one.

More on the plot from Reuters:

“Sigma” is based on Robert Ludlum’s final completed novel, published after the prolific author’s death in 2001. Like the Jason Bourne franchise, another big Universal property based on Ludlum books, the story involves a man on the run in Europe from assassins and agents.

The plots differ sharply, though. “Sigma” concerns a World War II conspiracy and Nazis. The movie will update the novel, using the current economic climate and making the protagonist a Wall Street type who specializes in the economy of catastrophic events, known as “black swan events.”

I’m not sure how they’re going to spin this thing into a franchise, but I’m sure they’ll give it a shot anyway. “Iron Man” guys Matt Holloway and Art Marcum are banging on the script as we speak.