After getting bit by the blockbuster bug with Thor, director Kenneth Branagh is now in talks to take over another summer actioner for Paramount. Vulture is reporting that he has jumped aboard the Jack Ryan reboot, which is still untitled but has Chris Pine attached to star as our lead.
The project hit a snag last week when frequent Lost director Jack Bender dropped out of the film to focus on TV duties. Now we hear that there was more struggle than just that, as Pine is interested in creating more of a character-focused spy film and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura is intent on making a big action film, while the studio wants to make it a strict thriller. The update to the Tom Clancy franchise has had script contributions from many screenwriters, including David Koepp, Steve Zaillian, Hossein Amini, Anthony Peckham, and Adam Cozad, which accounts for this push and pull in many directions.
This new film will focus on the beginning of Jack Ryan, regardless of the style, and it’ll be set in today’s world without tying to the Cold War themes of the other films. As for Pine, he has endless charisma, a fact epitomized last month by making a McG film barely watchable. I’d love to see him paired with Branagh, even though the director used one too many canted angles on Thor. That superhero film far exceeded most people’s expectations, so let’s hope he can continue the magic with this reboot.
The plan is to begin production this September, well after Pine completes his Star Trek 2 duties.
Hitting theaters in wide release this weekend is John Wick, a film I fell for at Fantastic Fest and I’ve since revisited. The actioner, from first-time filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, follows Keanu Reeves’ title character who left behind a life as a hitman for Russian mobsters to settle down for a quiet life with […]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I discuss Alex Ross Perry‘s Listen Up Philip, which is now in limited release and available on VOD. After that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home video in […]
As my review can attest to, I’m looking forward to not only watch John Wick again but also see how the film hits with general audiences when it arrives this weekend. The actioner stars Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman who is crossed by the son of his old employer. When everything is taken from him, he decides to […]
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