(FROM HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) ? A project based on best-selling author Robert Ludlum’s 1979 novel The Matarese Circle is being pitched to nearly all the major studios with Denzel Washington attached to star. The story, from the author of the Bourne series, is about a pair of secret agents, an American and a Russian, who are forced to work together to fight a group of killers known as the Matarese — even though they both previously killed someone close to the other. Hollywood Reporter says ”those familiar with the pitch” claim Washington would play the American agent. Writers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, who previously wrote 3:10 to Yuma and the upcoming Wanted, are attached to pen the project. Matarese is the only other Ludlum novel that, like Bourne, has a sequel: 1997’s The Materese Countdown. The three Bourne movies, starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, have grossed more than $900 million. As of Thursday night (April 3), no deal had been cut with a studio. (Hollywood Reporter)