Friday, April 29, 2011

Next Jack Ryan Film Gets Another New Screenwriter

Chris Pine

Will the next Jack Ryan film ever get made?

Yet another screenwriter, David Koepp, has come on board to rewrite the script for a prequel to the series of films already adapted from Tom Clancy's novels, previously starring Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck as CIA agent Jack Ryan. Chris Pine is lined up for the role in this "origin" story, how Ryan came to be with the CIA, but the script for the untitled film -- not adapted from any of Clancy's novels -- has proved to be a real stumbling block.

The storyline is still believed to be based on Adam Cozad's original outline for a completely different film that was repurposed to be the Jack Ryan backstory, involving the circumstances surrounding his survival of a helicopter crash while serving in the Marines. Several screenwriters have come and gone since then. Koepp has considerable experience in franchise films, having written or co-written the screenplays for two of the Jurassic Park movies, the original Mission: Impossible film based on the TV series, the third Indiana Jones movie, and Angels & Demons, adapted from the Dan Brown bestseller.

Paramount, which is behind the project, hopes to start production early in 2012.

(Source: Deadline|New York.)

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