Quantum Of Solace director circling Ludlum espionage thriller

According to Variety, Paramount has tapped Quantum Of Solace director Marc Forster for its adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s political thriller The Chancellor Manuscript.

According to report, the studio has also contracted Peter O’Brien – who wrote a much buzzed about script for a female-driven thriller titled Unlocked – to write a new draft of the script originally written by Michael Seitzman (North Country) and Alessandro Camon.

The Chancellor Manuscript focuses on an author who writes a conspiracy novel about Washington power brokers being blackmailed into changing U.S. policies. The trouble is, he’s closer to the truth than he knows, and when some operatives get a copy of his manuscript, they figure he’s about to reveal their plan and attempt to hunt him down. Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to star as novelist Peter Chancellor.

Ludlum’s thrillers become very popular in recent years, since the Bourne thrillers shined new light on the late author’s work. Universal, the studio behind the Bourne franchise, is developing The Sigma Protocol into a film. And Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington and director David Cronenberg are attached to an adaptation of The Matarese Circle for MGM.