Thor" director Kenneth Branagh is in talks to take over for Jack Bender and helm the fifth adventure in the Jack Ryan Film Series long in development says Variety.
Bender is a much in-demand episodic TV director, and left the struggling pic due to his small screen workload. Branagh wowed the masses and the studio with Thor making for a fine choice to take over the job.
Hossein Amini wrote the original draft of the script for the film, formerly titled "Moscow", while Adam Cozad was hired to re-write it and then Anthony Peckham took a crack at it.
Steve Zaillian, who penned the third film in the franchise "Clear and Present Danger", was attached to re-write Cozad's work. A few weeks later Zaillian withdrew from the job and then David Koepp came in to perform further work on the screenplay. As Hollywood's most famous go-to rewriter Koepp has worked on the scripts for Mission: Impossible," "Spider-Man," and "Jurassic Park"
The studio pegged Chris Pine to play Ryan and pushed back the action film by at least a few months so that Pine can shoot the as yet Untitled Star Trek Sequel.
The reboot will be the first film in the series not to be based on a specific book by author Tom Clancy, who created the character. The story will nevertheless use elements from the series. In this case the action picks up with Ryan in his pre-analyst days and the launching point of the film being a helicopter crash that nearly killed him when he was a marine - an incident mentioned in the first film The Hunt for Red October in 1991.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the film
Paramount was hoping to go into production on the film sometime this Summer after Pine wraps Trek 2