I can’t say how many times now we’ve heard and posted news about a possible extension of the Jack Ryan franchise. At one point, Sam Raimi was apparently in the running to direct the next sequel, which was aiming to go younger. In fact, back in March, I a little too presciently wrote:
No word yet on who might be cast as the younger Jack Ryan, although I’m sure somebody will start a scurrilous rumor that Chris Pine is up for the part.
Well, fuck me in the armpit. Another worst-case-scenario prediction of mine has come true: Chris Pine is in negotiations to take over the role, from Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford before him. Hossein Amini (KIllshot, The Four Feathers) has submitted his script — it’s an original one, not based on a Tom Clancy novel.
Of course, my worst-case-scenario prediction isn’t as worst-case as it once was, having seen and appreciated Pine in Star Trek (back when I made the prediction, I’d only seen him in that Lindsey Lohan movie). Still, he doesn’t really seem to suit the part, but then again, neither did Ben Affleck. Granted, Ben Affleck was a terrible Jack Ryan. In fact, now that the Cold War is over, the entire Jack Ryan concept feels kind of dated to me.
Meanwhile, Pine is quite the star these days. In addition to an expected Star Trek sequel, Pine has also signed on to Ridley Scott’s Unstoppable and, just this week, to D.J. Caruso’s (Eagle Eye) The Art of Making Money.