Universal has found its director for its latest Robert Ludlum adaptation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jose Padilha has signed on to direct The Sigma Protocol.
The film is an adaptation of Robert Ludlum's last completed novel, published after his death. Ludlum's book revolves around a man on the lam in Europe, attempting to flee covert agents and assassins. However, unlike Ludlum's Jason Bourne series, which spawned the Matt Damon films The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, this novel uses a World War II/Nazi conspiracy at the story's core.
Padilha will direct from Iron Man screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum's script. Padilha most recently directed Elite Squad, an action film which won the Golden Bear at last year's Berlin Film Festival.
No production schedule has been released for The Sigma Protocol at this time.