Tradecraft: Ron Howard To Direct Ludlum's Parsifal Mosaic
Today is a crazy day of super-bigtime directors attaching themselves to spy movies! It's great, isn't it? Hot on the heels of the amazing news that Steven Spielberg is interested in directing Paramount's Matt Helm redo comes news on one of the spy movies in the pipeline that I'm most excited about: as the title of this post indicates, Variety reports that Ron Howard will direct The Parsifal Mosaic for Universal. The studio is anxious to get another Ludlum property up and running while waiting for progress on a fourth Bourne film (at one time itself rumored to be based on The Parsifal Mosaic). Parsifal is part of Universal's overall first-look deal with Captivate Entertainment (formerly Ludlum Entertainment), who control all of the Ludlum titles. As previously announced, Brian Grazer will produce. The trade adds that Road To Perdition scribe David Self "will adapt the Ludlum novel about a CIA operative who thinks he witnessed the execution of his lover after she was identified as a KGB double agent." Let's hope that this is Frost/Nixon Howard directing and not The Da Vinci Code Howard... After living most of my life in a world where Hollywood for some reason didn't recognize the awesome potential of Robert Ludlum-based films, I pinch myself every time I read about a new Ludlum movie. To my mind, Universal can't make them all fast enough! And The Parsifal Mosaic is a great place to start.