Paramount Put Jack Ryan Reboot On Hold Until After STAR TREK 2

As the weeks on the 2011 calendar keep ticking by, we had figured that the chances of the Jack Ryan reboot going before camera's this summer must have been slim as star Chris Pine only ever had a small window of opportunity to shoot the movie before he dons the uniform as Captain Kirk for the Star Trek sequel in August. So it's not to our surprise today that Deadline are claiming that the reboot (said to be an origin story) has been put on hold for a year at Paramount, and it'll now wait until Star Trek 2 is in the can before it's resurrected in 2012. In addition to that, Paramount will also need to find a new screenwriter as the latest on the project, Steve Zaillian, who wrote 1990 Ryan epic The Hunt For Red October, has just exited. Zaillian was hired only last month to polish up the screenplay which has already gone through a number of drafts (Sherlock Holmes writer Anthony Peckham and The Four Feathers writer Hossein Aimini - among others) but his decision to drop the film from his schedule has forced Paramount's hands to do the same instead of rushing the film into production to hit a 2012 release date. Fleming says Paramount are mindful that they want a franchise and not just a one off box office success, so they wanna make sure it's perfect before they go-ahead with it and we're certainly thankful of that. Zaillian was hired recently as the plot of the tentatively titled Moscow supposedly harkens back to a brief mention in Alec Baldwin's Hunt For Red October;
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.
Regular Lost director Jack Bender is still attached to helm and meetings with various writers are to take place over the coming weeks. And we are reminded that Star Trek 2, expected to film in August, is set for a June 29, 2012 release and director J.J. Abrams is not yet fully committed to direct. But he will...
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.