When Paramount announced a couple of years ago they wanted to reboot the Jack Ryan franchise, taking it younger and edgier after the Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck takes on the character, the idea was to get it up and running as fast as possible. However it’s been held up by all sorts of issues, mostly to do with the script, although the latest has been due to the director leaving.
Now Variety reports that Paramount is already on the case to find a replacement and that Kenneth Branagh is in talks to direct after Lawrence Bender pulled out last week. Bender is said to have left due to everyone being at creative loggerheads, with Chris Pine apparently wanting to make a character-driven espionage movie, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura wanting an action movie and Paramount executives hoping for a thriller. Now Branagh’s got to sort all that out!
Chris Pine is still attached to star as Jack Ryan, but the delays forced Paramount to move the actor’s Star Trek 2 into production before this reboot. If Kenneth Branagh finalises his deal, production will start in September, after Chris Pine wraps on Star Trek 2. It’s not certain if Branagh will have time to direct The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society before then, which was his original plan.