It's been awhile since we've had any news of the Jack Ryan reboot, for which Paramount tapped "Star Trek" star Chris Pine to take over the Ryan role last year. Now, according to New York Magazine's "Vulture" blog, the new film is apparently close to officially locking in a director: "Lost" executive producer and frequent director Jack Bender.
The film's plot reportedly revolves around a fresh-from-the-Marines Jack Ryan as he goes to work as an analyst for a Russian billionaire, only to be implicated in a U.S. economy-crippling terrorist plot that sends him on the run and on a mission to clear his name.
As Vulture points out, Bender is an interesting choice to direct given that his last feature was "Child's Play 3" and his other directing credits were on the J.J. Abrams/Bad Robot TV productions: "Alias," "Felicity" and "Lost." He's also got a one-year gig with Bad Robot to develop a TV pilot for WB TV. However if Abrams has given Bender his blessing, it's likely Paramount will do the same.
My favorite factoid gleaned from this news -- and kudos to Vulture for pointing it out -- is a bit of "Lost" geekery/trivia: Bender, a lifelong painter, is the artist behind the mural Desmond paints while living in the finished series' notorious Hatch.
Before the official casting was announced last year, Pine told MTV Movies Blog he was honored to be stepping into the shoes of famous Ryans before him, a role previously held by Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck.
"I certainly love the character and I've always been a fan of stories about international intrigue," he said, adding that he owed all his thanks to his Trek director, Abrams. "The past few years have been such a whirlwind and now to maybe be offered Jack Ryan, it's such a huge step in my career and something that would not have happened if ['Star Trek' director] J.J. Abrams hadn't taken a chance on me."
What do you think of Jack Bender helming the Ryan reboot?