Paramount Pictures is in discussions with Chris Pine to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan in a role that will reboot the franchise. Pine is most widely known as the new Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek, one of Paramount’s other major, recently rebooted franchises.
Pine hasn’t officially signed for the part, but Variety says he will come on board permanently once the plans “begin to take shape” at the studio.
It’s almost a no-brainer for both sides. The still relatively unknown actor has a chance to hook himself to another huge series and be a hero all on his own (no pointy-eared sidekicks this time around). On Paramount’s side, they have a rising, charismatic talent who has proven he can headline a summer tentpole that’s in good favor right now.
Hossein Amini (The Four Feathers) penned the script based on an original idea and not on a pre-established Tom Clancy best-selling novel. No director has signed yet, but Sam Raimi was briefly attached before choosing Spider-Man 4 over Ryan.
Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman confirmed the report and said, “Tom Clancy created an unforgettable character with Jack Ryan. With Chris in this role, we’ve taken our first step in creating a re-boot that lives up to the successful lineage of the franchise.”
To date there have been four different movies centered on Jack Ryan movies and three different actors portraying the Clancy hero. Harrison Ford is best known for the role (Clear and Present Danger and Patriot Games), but Ryan was also played by Alec Baldwin in 1990′s The Hunt for Red October and Ben Affleck was a younger version in 2002′s The Sum of All Fears.
George Clooney and Ryan Gosling have been previously rumored for Ryan.
Pine is in talks for another Paramount picture outside of this titled The Art of Making Money about counterfeiting. D.J. Caruso will direct. It’s unclear what order this movie, a Jack Ryan film, and a Star Trek sequel would fall into his schedule.