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.