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Next Jason Bourne Book Unveiled

Author Eric Van Lustbader just published The Bourne Imperative, and told us about the next book in the Jason Bourne series started by the late Robert Ludlum. Bourne Retribution will be published next year, and Lustbader shared the plot (SPOILERS AHEAD):

If  you’ve read Imperative, you’ll know that someone who Bourne really cares for, a Mossad agent named Rebeka, is murdered. At the end of the novel, Bourne’s gone to Israel to attend her funeral and he’s really burned out. The new book deals with him coming out of that kind of death spiral and wreaking vengeance on the people who killed her.

Lustbader has written seven books in the Bourne series. He also shared his original outline and first draft Bourne Dominion (out in paperback now). Follow this link to view them.

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‘The Bourne Legacy’ Trailer Released

The trailer for The Bourne Legacy has been released, an adaptation of a novel by Eric Van Lustbader based on a series created by Robert Ludlum.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think?

While Matt Damon starred in the last three movies in the series, Jeremy Renner plays the lead in the new movie. The adaptation has been a trending topic on Twitter this afternoon as fans grapple with the idea of a Bourne film without Matt Damon. You can read some of those comments below…

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Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, David Cronenberg, and a Spy Novel

Ludlum_-_The_Matarese_Circle_Coverart.pngDavid Cronenberg has plans to adapt Robert Ludlum‘s “The Matarese Circle” as a big budget film starring Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington.

Variety uncovered more details of the film’s schedule, based on a book about a KGB and CIA agent who team up to fight an international cabal of killers. Following the success of film adaptations of Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series, the project has drawn some big name stars with tight schedules.

Here’s more from the article, which includes some surprising remake news: “[Cronenberg] is prepping for MGM ‘The Matarese Circle’ as a starring vehicle for Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington. Since Cruise appears likely to next star in the DreamWorks drama ‘Motorcade’ and Washington has committed to the Fox drama ‘Unstoppable,’ ‘Circle’ doesn’t appear likely to get under way until later this year or 2010.”

Sales Jump After the Author Dies

UK-based publishing journalist Danuta Kean has a piece in the Financial Times today about literary estates, and how the posthumous works of an author end up being big business. Sebastian Faulks, for example, is expected to share royalties and be paid an advance by Penguin for the May 2008 James Bond novel DEVIL MAY CARE. There’s the posthumous cottage industry of V.C. Andrews and Robert Ludlum. But not all dead authors need produce new books. The owner of Agatha Christie‘s rights has kept her in the public eye without resorting to new books. Agatha Christie Ltd is part of the intellectual property group Chorion, which also represents the estates of Enid Blyton, Raymond Chandler and Georges Simenon.

“We have absolute control over what’s made,” says Mathew Prichard, ACL chairman and Christie’s grandson, of various television series starring venerated Christie characters. “The most important thing about television is that it keeps the books alive. We definitely see a rise in sales across her whole list when the series are screened.” Another layer of protection is by trademarking: For dead authors who are still in copyright, trademarking may help estates keep control after the term ends, says intellectual property lawyer Laurence Kaye. “If you intend to republish a book that has gone out of copyright, you would have to do it in a way that did not infringe any trademarks.”

The Postmortem Robert Ludlum Cottage Industry

Spy thriller master Robert Ludlum may have died in 2001, but as the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir discovered, that hasn’t stopped publishers from releasing books – a dozen so far – with his name on the cover. 2006 alone saw three Ludlum-branded works: ROBERT LUDLUM’S THE MOSCOW VECTOR, isxth in the “Covert-One” series of paperback originals; THE BANCROFT STRATEGY, and THE BOURNE BETRAYAL, written by Eric Van Lustbader.

“This goes back to 1990 or ’91 when Bob had quadruple bypass,” said Henry Morrison, the agent for Ludlum and his estate. “One day we were talking about what would happen when he was gone. He said, ‘I don’t want my name to disappear. I’ve spent 30 years writing books and building an audience.’” And so the V.C. Andrews-like effect began with writers fleshing out old manuscripts and proposals or as in the Bourne series, extending an already-classic series. “Publishing does look to the past to see what will work in the future,” said PW editor-in-chief Sara Nelson. “Series and big-name authors have tended to work well. Publishers, like executives in other creative fields, want Nos. 2, 3 and 4 to work as well as No. 1. And instead of going off to find the new Ludlum, they figure they’ve got this formula and will continue to use it.”