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Kenneth Branagh Targeted For Jack Ryan
He may direct the prequel

28 March 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Kenneth Branagh Targeted For Jack Ryan

Just last week, the long-gestating fifth, still untitled Jack Ryan film hit yet another behind-the-scenes setback as Lost director Jack Bender had to drop out because of scheduling clashes. At the time, we said that a new director would likely be announced quickly, and so it has come to pass. Paramount is now in talks with Thor’s Kenneth Branagh to heft the megaphone.

Assuming he actually makes a deal to direct, Branagh could kick some life back into the project, which has been floundering through development so far. Paramount has been trying to get the movie made since at least 2006, burning through both writers and directors, with the likes of Fernando Meireilles, Anthony Peckham, Steven Zaillian and David Koep all attached at different times.

The plan for the story is still to flash back to Ryan’s younger days, with Chris Pine taking on the mantle as we see him leave the Marines and work as a consultant for a Russian billionaire, which in turn leads to him being framed in a terrorist plot. It’s anyone’s guess as to what plot elements have remained through the various script drafts.

Branagh’s attachment would have seemed more of a shock before he made the superhero pic last year: right now very little would surprise us short of him taking over the Katniss role in the next Hunger Games film (and hey, he's a good enough actor that he could probably nail it).

But it’s also unclear where this leaves The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which Branagh had been developing and which he'd snagged Kate Winslet to star in. We’re pretty sure Paramount will want the director to focus on Ryan if he takes the job, especially if it sticks to the plan for Pine to shoot it after he finishes work as James T Kirk on the currently-shooting Star Trek sequel… 


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RE: Kenneth Branagh Targeted For Jack Ryan
Branagh was responsible for much of what worked in THOR, and it's great to see his career take the boost it deserves after MARVEL unceremoniously dumped him. Not really that big into JACK RYAN these days, but I am sick to death of SUPER HEROES, and I think espionage films are the way of the future. Hopefully Branagh gets room to stretch his muscles on this new project. Pine's casting should sound a big note of caution though : / More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 22:29 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

Branagh is a good choice for director, but Chris Pine as a young Ryan.......no, hell no! Ryan Reynolds, Chris Evans, anyone but Tiny Kirk. More

Posted by ohenlightened1 at 20:37 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

First Thor, now this...
come on, Ken, you're better than this crap. More

Posted by artilleryman at 11:56 on 28 March 2012 | Report This Post

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