Chris Pine Might Be the Next Jack Ryan for Franchise Reboot
by Ethan Anderton
October 14, 2009
After Chris Pine's breakthrough performance in this summer's Star Trek, the young actor has become quite the hot commodity. It looks like Paramount is the studio who will be keeping Pine busy as he's already locked in for Tony Scott's runaway train action-thriller Unstoppable (which is actually at Fox) and was also just added to D.J. Caruso's next project The Art of Making Money, a new Paramount project. Now we can add one more to the list as Variety reports that Pine is in serious negotiations to step into the role of CIA analyst Jack Ryan, in a reboot of the franchise based on Tom Clancy's series of political-thriller novels.
While talks have only recently begun, Paramount expects Pine to officially join the project as it comes to fruition. "The studio and producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mace Neufeld are working with a script draft by Hossein Amini, based on an original concept." So it doesn't sound like there's any specific Tom Clancy novel at the heart of the story unlike other Jack Ryan adaptations like The Sum of All Fears or Clear and Present Danger. It also doesn't sound like the project will be getting off the ground anytime soon since it apparently hasn't been decided if Pine will be stepping back onto the USS Enterprise for a Star Trek sequel before becoming Jack Ryan.
I'd imagine Paramount has a more solid investment in getting a Trek sequel off the ground first, but there isn't even a solid start date for that sequel yet, so anything could happen. Chris Pine certainly has some big shoes to fill though since he's the fourth actor to step into Jack Ryan's shoes after Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears). But the guy's got a lot of talent and charisma, and I think he'll take on the task just fine. Either way, I'm sure he's got plenty of opportunities. Do you think Chris Pine is the right guy for the job?