Star Trek’s Chris Pine is the New Jack Ryan

The guy who made Captain Kirk cool again is one busy fella. In the same day that news broke about Chris Pine being in negotiations to star in “The Art of Making Money” for D.J. Caruso, the trades are now reporting that Pine is also in negotiations to front the Paramount reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise, with Mace Neufeld and Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing.

A Jack Ryan reboot has been on Paramount’s minds for years now, with some notable names attached to it at one point or another. Even Sam Raimi was once serious about producing the reboot, but he has since left the project to pursue other ventures. If Pine does end up signing on the dotted line to play Ryan, he’ll be the fourth actor, and the first since 2002’s “The Sum of All Fears”, to play the role on the big screen.

Alec Baldwin was the first to play Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst in 1990’s “The Hunt for Red October”. Harrison Ford picked up the mantle for two subsequent movies, playing a more mature and higher-up version of Jack Ryan in the CIA, starting with 1992’s “Patriot Games” and ending with 1994’s “Clear and Present Danger”. And of course, Ben Affleck played a rebooted Jack Ryan in 2002’s “The Sum of All Fears”.

Word is, the Chris Pine version of Jack Ryan will do what “Sum” did of sorts — going back in time to a younger version of Ryan, which would make this the second time Ryan has been rebooted, and the second time Pine is playing the lead to help launch a rebooted franchise.

Paramount will now go in search of a director.

Wait, what? What do you mean I'm not Jack Ryan anymore? Shenanigans!

Wait, what? What do you mean I'm not Jack Ryan anymore? Shenanigans!