Universal eyeing another Robert Ludlum book

Imagine to potentially produce 'Parsifal Mosaic'

Universal could have a new Robert Ludlum spy.

The company is eyeing Ludlum Cold War novel "The Parsifal Mosaic" as its next development project, with Imagine Entertainment potentially boarding to produce.

Ludlum's 1982 book focuses on jockeying between U.S. and Soviet intelligence agents, with American spies Michael Havelock and Jenna Karas, who are partners as well as lovers, at the center of a series of crosses and double crosses. A flashback to a Nazi attack during World War II serves as a linchpin of the story.

The project would keep to the globetrotting aspects of other Ludlum projects in Hollywood; action in "Mosaic" jumps between countries such as Italy, Greece and the former Czechoslovakia. The novel is regarded as perhaps the most Cold War-centric of Ludlum's work.

Universal has a first-look deal with the Ludlum library and its steward, Jeffrey Weiner. The studio is developing "The Sigma Protocol," with Jose Padilha attached to direct, as well as another pic in the "Bourne" franchise -- which has grossed more than $950 million worldwide for Universal.

Tom Cruise is in negotiations for another Ludlum property, "The Matarese Circle," at MGM.
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