It looks like Paramount really is serious about getting their Jack Ryan reboot right. The studio has now brought in screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park) to rewrite the script for the franchise reboot starring Chris Pine. Originally, Steven Zaillian, who wrote the script for the Jack Ryan flick Clear and Present Danger, was brought in to rewrite, but he subsequently had a change of heart.
Lost’s Jack Bender is still on board to direct, and Deadline reports that the studio is aiming for a January start-date on the flick, after Pine finishes filming Star Trek 2. The problem with that, though, is that the Star Trek sequel still doesn’t officially have a director. J.J. Abrams is expected to return, but he’s awaiting a final script, which is still being tweaked by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof. Last we heard, Paramount was hoping to get Star Trek 2 rolling this fall in order to meet the June 29th, 2012 release date, but Pine moving on to the Jack Ryan reboot in January seems a bit premature. We’ll see if all goes according to plan.
Paramount Pictures is hard at work trying to reboot the Jack Ryan franchise with Chris Pine at the center. The most recent effort brought Steve Zaillian (American Gangster) on board to rewrite the script. However, Zaillian had a “change of heart” in recent weeks and withdrew from the project. Paramount has begun interviewing new writers, but the departure sets off a noteworthy ripple.
The original plan was to get the Jack Ryan reboot (formerly titled Moscow) in the can before Pine filmed Star Trek 2. Given the scripting hiccup, the studio will put a pin in Jack Ryan’s return to the big screen to keep Star Trek 2 on track. The sci-fi sequel is expected to commence production this fall with eyes to a June 29, 2012 release date. More after the break:
Screenwriter Steve Zaillian (American Gangster) is set to re-write the script for the upcoming Jack Ryan reboot starring Chris Pine. According to Deadline, the film (previously titled Moscow) is not based on any of author Tom Clancy’s previous books. When we last heard about the film, it was reported that the plot would have Ryan working as an analyst for a Russian billionaire but having to go on the run after being implicated in a terrorist plot. Paramount hopes to start production on the film later this year with Lost director Jack Bender at the helm. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing.
Zaillian previously wrote the screenplay for the Jack Ryan film Clear and Present Danger starring Harrison Ford. Zaillian recently penned the scripts for Moneyball and David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He was also recently hired to rewrite the remake the thriller Timecrimes.
Chris Pine isn’t afraid to take over established characters and give them his own twist. He first took on Captain James Tiberius Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot (of sorts) in 2009, and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is next. If you’re unfamiliar with the character, Ryan has previously been at the center of The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears, with Pine set to make a turn as Ryan in the upcoming reboot Moscow.
Helming Moscow is Lost alumni Jack Bender, with Sherlock Holmes screenwriter Anthony Peckham tweaking the script. In the film, Pine will play Ryan as a young military operative who “goes to work as an analyst for a Russian billionaire, but winds up on the run after being implicated in a terrorist plot.” To find out what Pine had to say about the film and taking over yet another established character, hit the jump.
Viacom COO Tom Dooley has announced a few of the upcoming films that the company (which owns Paramount and Nickelodeon) hopes to produce and release sometime after next September. During the company’s earning call today, Dooley revealed that Viacom has plans to produce the upcoming sequel to Star Trek, the second G.I. Joe movie, the upcoming Jack Ryan reboot, and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.
We’ve known that all of these films were in the works and would be made sometime soon, but the biggest news came when Dooley announced that Viacom still thinks that Derek Zoolander is so hot right now: the company will produce the planned Zoolander sequel. Hit the jump to read what we know about each film.
Screenwriter Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) has been tapped to work on the script for Paramount’s upcoming Jack Ryan flick. Tentatively titled “Moscow“, the film will star Chris Pine with Jack Bender (Lost) at the helm. Heat Vision doesn’t offer any details on the current plot beyond saying it will “tell the story of Ryan’s early career [and is] in Russia, with terrorist acts as a backdrop.” Last month, we reported that Ryan is “fresh-from-the-Marines and goes to work as an analyst for a Russian billionaire, but winds up on the run after being implicated in a terrorist plot.” The new Ryan movie will serve as a reboot for the franchise and Paramount is hoping to begin shooting later this year or early 2011. The last Jack Ryan film was 2002′s The Sum of All Fears.
Peckham’s other screenwriting credits include Invcitus and Don’t Say a Word. He also worked on The Book of Eli.
A major Paramount document detailing a host of the studio’s upcoming projects may have leaked last night. The e-mail in question provides info on a slew of potential films from the studio including Kathryn Bigelow’s Triple Frontier, Jason Reitman’s Young Adult, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe 2, World War Z, and a whole lot more. Hit the jump for the list along with added notes for what we already know.
Jack Ryan, hero of numerous Tom Clancy novels, has a director for his next adventure. Vulture reports that Jack Bender is “a cat’s breath away” from directing Moscow, the next installment in the Jack Ryan franchise. In the new film, Ryan (played by Chris Pine, who I think is a great choice for the role), is “fresh-from-the-Marines and goes to work as an analyst for a Russian billionaire, but winds up on the run after being implicated in a terrorist plot.” As we reported in April, Ryan is a Wall Street broker at the beginning of the film and (spoiler alert) eventually he has to save his wife as she’s been taken hostage by the billionaire. However, it’s possible that since April these particular elements have either been changed or removed entirely.
Bender directed some of Lost‘s most popular episodes including “Walkabout”, “The Constant”, and the finales for each of the show’s six seasons (he also directed the all the season premieres except for the pilot and season five). Vulture notes the fun fact that Bender is also a painter and was responsible for the Desmond’s expressionist mural inside the hatch.
Yesterday I caught up with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to talk about his upcoming action thriller Salt that stars Angelina Jolie. While I’ll be posting the full transcript very soon, since I got some brief updates on Transformers 3, Red, the next Jack Ryan movie Moscow and The Associate (which Shia Labeouf’s attached to), I wanted to get those quotes online tonight.
Regarding Transformers 3, he talked about how to keep the franchise fresh on a 3rd movie and he also talked about Michael Bay shooting in 3D. On Red, he talked about where they are right now in the editing room and he says, “the movie has more tones and colors that almost any movie I’ve ever worked on.” Finally, I asked him what projects are bubbling up to the surface and he said the next Jack Ryan movie, Moscow, that Chris Pine is attached to and The Associate – which is a John Grisham book that Shia Labeouf’s attached to. When I asked how the script was for the Jack Ryan movie, he said they had a great one and he is hoping to start shooting late winter/early spring.
Hit the jump to read everything he had to say on these projects and look for more with di Bonaventura very soon.
Jack Ryan will be returning under the working title Moscow in the new chapter of the franchise that has Chris Pine set to star. As you can guess from the title, the film will be set in Russia. According to Pajiba, Adam Cozad (an unknown writer) has been brought in to rework Hossein Amini’s (The Four Feathers) original draft. Pajiba went on to give us some updates on the plot:
We’ll be meeting up with Jack Ryan shortly after he leaves the Marines, but before he joins to CIA. When we first meet him, he’s a Wall Street broker. As opposed to the books by Tom Clancy (which had him working as a financial analyst in Baltimore) he’ll be a financial advisor in Moscow for some billionaire employer. It’s this new boss that will eventually set up Ryan as the fall guy for a terrorist plot that aims to destroy the U.S. economy. This is when the adventure begins as Ryan must clear his name, reveal the terrorist plot, and save his wife as she’s been taken hostage by the billionaire.
Hit the jump for more.