Will “Thor” Director Kenneth Branagh Helm The Jack Ryan Reboot?

Chris Pine has been waiting to play Jack Ryan for a couple years now, and it seems this winter he’ll finally get to step in front of the cameras and bring the classic Tom Clancy character to life. Paramount has finally gotten all their ducks in a row with a script from David Koepp (Spider-Man, Panic Room) and now they’re looking for a director to make it happen.

Deadline has leaked the rumor that Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh, the director of last year’s box office smash Thor, is in line to helm the picture. Branagh stepped down from directing Thor 2 and many speculated he was moving on to something a bit smaller and more personal, but it seems that ship has sailed. This will be his second franchise film and he’s certainly got an eye for spectacle, so I can see this working out nicely.

We’ll keep you updated as the story develops.

John Shannon

John Shannon studied Creative Writing at the University of Maine where he also served as a film critic for the Maine Campus Newspaper. He currently resides in the greater Portland area of Southern Maine where he works by day and watches film by night. He can be reached via email at and followed on Twitter @JohnWShannon
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