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Steve Zaillian, who most recently scripted the American adaptation of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (but has worked on everything under the sun, from “Schindler’s List” to “Gangs of New York”), is in talks to rewrite “Jack Ryan”, the latest big screen incarnation of Tom Clancy’s intelligence analyst. Shooting was originally scheduled to begin in March in Budapest, but has been pushed back to later this spring. Obviously filming a movie is difficult if you don’t have a finished script.
Hunky heartthrob Chris Pine will take over the role for Paramount, a part that has been played by Alec Baldwin (“The Hunt for Red October”), Harrison Ford (“Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger”) and Ben Affleck (“The Sum of All Fears”).
Zaillian boarding the project will push the start date further, possibly up to four or five weeks, although Paramount can’t risk any more time since the studio needs Pine for the “Star Trek” sequel, which will also likely be nudged slightly, but not enough to impact its release date.
There is no word on what direction the plot will follow, but one source says, “If they’re spending the money for this guy [Zaillian], they’re making the movie,.”