Branagh Takes Helm of New Jack Ryan Flick at Paramount, Starring Chris Pine

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by Anne Thompson
March 27, 2012 5:08 PM
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Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh has taken the helm at Paramount of the long-in-the-works untitled Jack Ryan project, based on Tom Clancy's character. Branagh replaces Jack Bender, who had scheduling issues, reports Variety.  Paramount and Skydance Pictures and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura already have found their Jack Ryan, who has been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck in the past. It's Chris Pine, who will start the film after he completes Paramount and J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek 2." George Clooney was interested in the role, but it was configured younger.

They didn't go back to Affleck either, who did great in "The Sum of All Fears" (which grossed $193-million worldwide in 2002, but didn't score overseas), but turns 40 in August and was hired by then-Paramount boss Sherry Lansing. Branagh showed his directing prowess with Paramount and Marvel's big-budget comic book launch "Thor," combining strong dramatics with large-scale visuals and effects ($500 million worldwide). He's a superb choice. (Our Oscar season interview with him is here.) Branagh was lined up to direct "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" for Fox Searchlight.

David Koepp recently did a polish.

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  • rollo tomasi | March 28, 2012 10:20 PMReply

    please get a better actor than pine,just another run of the mill hollywood pretty boy

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