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Paramount has long been looking for a way to bring Tom Clancy's character Jack Ryan back to the screen. The cinematic CIA agent was last played by Ben Affleck in 2002's 'The Sum of All Fears.' Prior to that Ryan had been played by Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin. But this long-in-development reboot, planned as a vehicle for Chris Pine ('Star Trek'), hit a snag recently when director Jack Bender ('Lost') dropped out. However it seems that none other than Kenneth Branagh is now in negotiations to take the reigns. Should Branagh, just coming off Marvel's 'Thor,' land the gig, he'll have to wait to start filming until the end of the summer, when Pine will be finished shooting J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek 2.'
Branagh is an interesting filmmaker. Obviously, he was first an actor, and remains one of the most respected in his field. When he branched out into directing, his work was largely focused on classic literary adaptation, whether it was Shakespeare or Mary Shelley. It wasn't until 'Thor,' however, that Branagh proved he could be a serious box office player. It will therefore be interesting to see how much the new Jack Ryan film balances multifaceted and complex character work with crowd-pleasing action and political intrigue. As to Pine, I really like the guy and I'm excited to see him step into this role. I think these two working together will be great for introducing Ryan to a new audience. Plus, despite having worked on the much-heralded 'Lost,' Bender's experience is almost entirely TV...apart from directing 'Child's Play 3' of course. I'd argue that the studio traded up in this case.
What do you guys think? Are you intrigued by a new Jack Ryan movie directed by Branagh and starring Pine?