David Koepp Brought In To Rewrite The Jack Ryan Script

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-04-28 15:31:06discussion comments
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Though he's never won, nor has he ever been nominated for and Oscar, David Koepp is one of the most powerful writers in Hollywood. Though he has his fair share of duds, he was still the man with the pen behind blockbusters like Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, Angels and Demons, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Needless to say, the guy's brain is tapped into exactly what mainstream audiences want. Hence why this news makes a whole lot of sense.

Deadline is reporting that Koepp has been hired to do rewrite the script for the next Jack Ryan adventure, which is currently untitled. Paramount had initially hired Steve Zaillian to work on the rewrite of the script, as he had written Clear and Present Danger, the most successful film in the franchise, but Zaillian changed his mind and dropped the project. In recent news, the project was delayed so that star Chris Pine could work on the Star Trek sequel and so that the script could be perfected. Koepp will be working off of the initial script written by Adam Cozad, which serves as an origin story for the character. Koepp will begin working on the project once Premium Rush, his newest film that he both wrote and directed, has been completed.

It's kind of nice that Paramount doesn't seem to be in any rush to get this project made, instead making sure that it's perfect before moving forward. Considering how much time has passed since the last Jack Ryan movie - The Sum of All Fears in 2002 - I don't even think hardcore fans are in too much of a rush to see the character return to the silver screen. It's like the saying goes: slow and steady wins the race.
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