After director Jack Bender left the project to pursue more television, it looked like Paramount's Chris Pine-starring reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise (with the character previously played Harrison Ford in 'Clear and Present Danger', Alec Baldwin in 'The Hunt for Red October' and Ben Affleck in 'The Sum of All Fears) was on the ropes. Not so, as Kenneth Branagh is now in talks to helm the as yet untitled Ryan adventure, with a script being currently reworked by David Koepp ('Jurassic Park', 'Carlito's Way')
Paramount was hot to trot with Chris Pine post-'Star Trek.' Shortly after that film opened big, he was attached to be the next Jack Ryan as part of the Tom Clancy franchise that has currently spawned four entries and had three previous Ryans. But now the project is in major jeopardy.