Jack Ryan Reboot Loses Director
Jack Ryan's return to the big screen hits another snag as director Jack Bender exits the project. The movie is scheduled to shoot this summer after Chris Pine is done with Star Trek 2, but a source told the Hollywood Reporter that a scheduling conflict caused the director to drop out.
Since this long-gestating Jack Ryan movie is the first to be not based on one of Tom Clancy's novels, they seemed to have some trouble of getting the story right. Hossein Amini wrote the first draft back in 2008, but Adam Cozad board the project later and re-tooled one of his spec script for the movie. Anthony Peckham and Steve Zaillian also took a pass at script before handing it off to David Koepp.
It was Zaillian's exit from the script process that caused Chris Pine to move forward with Star Trek 2 in the first place, which, in turn, resulted in Bender leaving.
The movie's plot as it stands now is about Jack Ryan, recently discharged from the Marines, working as a financial consultant for a Russian billionaire. During the course of his work, he somehow got framed for a terrorist plot.
Chris Pine is the latest actor to play the title character, Jack Ryan. The character has been previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck.
Pine is currently film Star Trek 2 but can been seen in the upcoming drama People Like Us opposite Olivia Wilde and Elizabeth Banks on June 29, 2012.