Since director Jack Bender left the production of the next Jack Ryan film, Paramount has been scrambling to get a director for their latest spy adventure, written by David Koepp. Bender reportedly left due to scheduling conflicts, which confounded Paramount, since the film has been in development for the last two years. The film's star, Chris Pine, is currently filming the next Star Trek film with J.J. Abrams, which has kept him busy while Paramount scrambled to find a director. Their latest choice is Kenneth Branagh, director of last year's superhero blockbuster Thor. Branagh chose not to film Thor 2 for Walt Disney Pictures, leaving it to Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor. Branagh was previously attached to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but if this news proves true, Branagh joins fellow Jack Ryan film directors such as John McTiernan (The Hunt For Red October), Philip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger), and Philip Alden Robinson (The Sum of All Fears). I honestly could not have called this, but with Thor making nearly $500 million worldwide, it makes perfect sense that Paramount would have Branagh on speed dial. Would you see a Jack Ryan film directed by Kenneth Branagh?
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