Paramount’s plans to reboot the Jack Ryan franchise have hit a setback as script issues have lead to the project being put on hold reports Deadline.
Hossein Amini penned the original draft of the script for the film, formerly titled “Moscow”, while Adam Cozad was hired to re-write his work in April last year by bringing in many of his elements from his 2007 script “Dubai”. Anthony Peckham also did a pass.
Then in February this year Steve Zaillian, who adapted 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 the studio is now seeking another writer to perform further work.
Due to this, and the studio’s determination to have actor Chris Pine as Ryan, plans to get this into production have been pushed back by at least a few months so that Pine can shoot his role in the “Star Trek” sequel before, rather than after the Ryan reboot as was originally proposed.
Insiders tell the site than an OK version of Ryan could have been put into production this year, but the priority is more to launching a sustainable franchise then filling in a release slot
The first of the films not to be based on a specific book by Tom Clancy, the story will nevertheless use elements from the series. In this case the action picks up with Ryan in his pre-CIA days with 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 adaptation “The Hunt for Red October” in 1991.