LOS ANGELES - Screenwriter Anthony Peckham ("Sherlock Holmes," "Invictus") has been hired to work on Paramount's reboot of the Jack Ryan spy thriller franchise.
Chris Pine is attached to star as Ryan, Tom Clancy's intelligence officer-turned-action hero, and Jack Bender ("Lost") is attached to direct. The role was previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck.
The four films in the series earned $787 million worldwide between 1990 and 2002. The reboot will tell the story of Ryan's early career. The story is set in Russia, with terrorist acts as a backdrop.
The studio hopes to begin shooting this year or early next year and is hiring Peckham to prep the project for take-off. Adam Cozad previously worked on the script.
Peckham wrote "Invictus," the Clint Eastwood film that centered on Nelson Mandela's involvement in the 1995 rugby World Cup. He also developed a name in the action field, with Warner Bros. hiring him to write "Sherlock Holmes" and "The Book of Eli." (please visit our entertainment blog via www.reuters.com or on http://blogs.reuters.com/fanfare/)
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