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Kenneth Branagh to direct Chris Pine in the untitled Jack Ryan film

03.27.2012

Wow. Kenneth Branagh is certainly branching out in his directing career.

From Shakespeare to THOR to...Tom Clancy. That is correct. Mr. Branagh has been called upon to helm the next Jack Ryan film. The flick, which is still untitled, has Chris Pine attached to star.

As you know, we recently reported that Jack Bender (LOST) would take the helm, but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. It's a good thing that Branagh has set his sights on this thing. Apparently, Paramount was about to lose all hope and interest in another Ryan action packed film. If Branagh decides to pass, then the fate of this thing may not be so good.

David Koepp polished the most recent draft of the script. Filming should begin after Pine is finished up with STAR TREK 2.

Is Branagh a good fit for this project?

Extra Tidbit: Who here liked THOR?
Source: Variety

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6:40AM on 03/28/2012

GREAT

Branagh did some solid work as a director. But I was less than enthused by Chris Pine in This Means War. That was one of the most plastic movies i have seen in a while.
Branagh did some solid work as a director. But I was less than enthused by Chris Pine in This Means War. That was one of the most plastic movies i have seen in a while.
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11:33PM on 03/27/2012
"Thor" was damned good! Branagh did very well with the action, so I am quite intrigued here.
"Thor" was damned good! Branagh did very well with the action, so I am quite intrigued here.
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7:54AM on 03/28/2012
Yeah, "Thor" was damned good! Even my nephew who never heard of Thor before, he was glued to the seat!
Yeah, "Thor" was damned good! Even my nephew who never heard of Thor before, he was glued to the seat!
11:19PM on 03/27/2012
Kenneth Branagh in a Tom Clancy movie? I'm intrigued! He made Thor very entertaining and enjoyable.
Kenneth Branagh in a Tom Clancy movie? I'm intrigued! He made Thor very entertaining and enjoyable.
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11:17PM on 03/27/2012
Kenneth Branagh in a Tom Clancy movie? I'm intrigued! He made Thor very entertaining and enjoyable.
Kenneth Branagh in a Tom Clancy movie? I'm intrigued! He made Thor very entertaining and enjoyable.
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10:44PM on 03/27/2012
Kenneth Branagh doing a political action-thriller? That's probably what will set it apart from Bourne, Bond and M:I. And, to answer the tidbit, I loved Thor - it was the best superhero movie of last year, and Captain America and X-Men First Class were pretty good.
Kenneth Branagh doing a political action-thriller? That's probably what will set it apart from Bourne, Bond and M:I. And, to answer the tidbit, I loved Thor - it was the best superhero movie of last year, and Captain America and X-Men First Class were pretty good.
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10:39PM on 03/27/2012
Branagh did a GREAT job on Thor and I like Pine a lot. Still, with Bourne, Bond and Mission Impossible reloaded, do we really need more spy thriller movies?
Branagh did a GREAT job on Thor and I like Pine a lot. Still, with Bourne, Bond and Mission Impossible reloaded, do we really need more spy thriller movies?
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10:33PM on 03/27/2012
Would have taken less to wash the memory of Affleck in the role so this is a huge plus! I think Brannagh is going to be brining us some quality films for sometime to come. And going from Thor to this means he's not going to settle in on a particular genre. Kudos to him.
Would have taken less to wash the memory of Affleck in the role so this is a huge plus! I think Brannagh is going to be brining us some quality films for sometime to come. And going from Thor to this means he's not going to settle in on a particular genre. Kudos to him.
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10:30PM on 03/27/2012
Branagh doing Clancy? Sounds great to me!
Branagh doing Clancy? Sounds great to me!
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10:19PM on 03/27/2012

posted this a couple hours ago on MFC

and am STILL stoked about the news! I thought this one was dead in the water for a while, especially after the last director left... but apparently not, and if you ask me they actually UPGRADED by signing Branagh to direct, the dude definitely showed he had range when he surprised us with a fantasy movie with Thor! Lets see what he can do with a grounded action/spy movie... could be great!
and am STILL stoked about the news! I thought this one was dead in the water for a while, especially after the last director left... but apparently not, and if you ask me they actually UPGRADED by signing Branagh to direct, the dude definitely showed he had range when he surprised us with a fantasy movie with Thor! Lets see what he can do with a grounded action/spy movie... could be great!
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10:11PM on 03/27/2012
I guess I will be seeing this after all.
I guess I will be seeing this after all.
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