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“Moscow”, the working title for the Jack Ryan reboot, has lost its director in Jack Bender, who has been attached to helm the spy franchise with Chris Pine as the new lead since 2010.
Apparently while waiting for Paramount to finally put the film into production (this Summer was the last deadline), Bender’s other commitments (you know, the stuff he’ll actually get to do) started piling up, and the director has now had to withdraw from the project. Besides producing the probably-doomed “Alcatraz” TV show for Fox, Bender is also scheduled to direct the pilot of “Rewind”, aka the “Source Code”/”7 Days”-esque Syfy Channel show.
Meanwhile, Pine is still attached to play the new Jack Ryan in “Moscow”, which would reboot the character before his spying days with the CIA. If Pine ever ends up playing the character, it would make him the fourth actor to occupy the same role, following in the glorious footsteps of Alec Baldwin (“The Hunt for Red October”), Harrison Ford (who had the longest stint in the role, with three movies), and more recently, Ben Affleck (who was cut loose after just one movie).
Speaking of which, wouldn’t it be somehow poetic if Affleck brought his newfound directorial prestige to “Moscow”? Heck, he could even potentially step back into the shoes of Jack Ryan, too, sort of a second stab at getting it right. Hey, I’m just brainstormin’ here, folks.
Via : Variety