Among several actors who were mentioned circling the next film about Jack Ryan, Chris Pine has successfully taken the lead role. Being met at the press conference of "Invictus" on Friday morning, December 4, producer Mace Neufeld has updated the status of his upcoming untitled Jack Ryan project, stating that the depicter of James T. Kirk in "Star Trek" is set to play Jack Ryan.
Beside giving information about the casting, Neufeld also shared a little about the story. According to the filmmaker, the next film will not be based on one of Tom Clancy's novels, but rather will be an original screenplay written by Adam Koxac [with a script draft by Hossein Amini]. "We pick him up when he's on Wall Street. But I'm not going to tell you the rest of the story...," he spilled about the plot.
Commenting about Jack Ryan films, Neufeld said, "The Jack Ryan movies have never been action films. They're kind of 'thinking man's thrillers'." He additionally talked about the main character, saying "Jack is referred to as a water-walker because of his ability to jump ahead to a conclusion. That's very big in all the Jack Ryan films and that's why we want to portray him. He's a teacher, he's a historian. He's a linguist and he's really smart."
No director has been attached to this upcoming Jack Ryan movie project after Sam Raimi decided to drop this film to focus on "Spider-Man 4". The helmer explained, "Because I'm committed to 'Spider-Man' and making that picture, I think it's going to knock me out of the running for the Jack Ryan picture." This Paramount Pictures' movie is scheduled to be released in 2011.