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Jack Ryan Reboot Loses Bender

March 20, 2012

Jack Bender is no longer attached to direct the fifth adventure in the Jack Ryan Film Series still in development says Variety.

Bender is a much in-demand episodic TV director, and left the struggling pic due to his small screen workload.

Hossein Amini wrote the original draft of the script for the film, formerly titled “Moscow“, while Adam Cozad was hired to re-write it and then Anthony Peckham took a crack at it.

Steve Zaillian, who penned the third film in the franchise “Clear and Present Danger“, was attached to re-write Cozad’s work. A few weeks later Zaillian withdrew from the job and then  David Koepp came in to perform further work on the screenplay. As Hollywood’s most famous go-to rewriter Koepp has worked on the scripts for Mission: Impossible,” “Spider-Man,” and “Jurassic Park

The studio pegged Chris Pine to play Ryan and pushed back the action film by at least a few months so that Pine can shoot the as yet Untitled Star Trek Sequel.

Once (if ever) the reboot gets into production it would be the first film in the series not to be based on a specific book by author Tom Clancy, who created the character. The story will nevertheless use elements from the series. In this case the action picks up with Ryan in his pre-analyst days and the launching point of the film being a helicopter crash that nearly killed him when he was a marine – an incident mentioned in the first film The Hunt for Red October in 1991.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the film

Paramount was hoping to go into production on the film sometime this Summer.

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