David Koepp has been hired to rewrite the upcoming Jack Ryan reboot for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. According to Deadline, he was paid 7-figures to redraft the script by Adam Cozad. Jack Bender (Lost)s is set to direct with Chris Pine starring in the film.
This original film is based on the Tom Clancy-created series, which Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing. It has to do with a terrifying helicopter crash that nearly killed Ryan when he was a 23-year old platoon leader in the US Marines. He was the only member of the platoon to survive. The project currently has no official start date and is yet untitled. Paramount shifted the start dates with their other Pine starrer, Star Trek 2. Earlier we reported that Steve Zaillian was hired to do the rewrites, but dropped out after a change of heart. Zaillian wrote 1994's Clear and Present Danger and an uncredited rewrite for Patriot Games.
Koepp has worked on such franchises as Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man and Jurassic Park. He'll get started as soon as he finishes writing Premium Rush, the film he cowrote and directed, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon starring. Paramount hopes to shoot the Ryan film in January. While I thought that Zaillian was a great fit because of his experience with this franchise I am happy Koepp is involved. Since it's going to be a true relaunch it makes sense to have someone new in the mix.
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