The news has been out there for a while that frequent Lost director Jack Bender has had his eyed on making features since the series ended. Now Vulture thinks they know what the project will be, claiming that Bender is "a cat's breath away" from becoming the director of Moscow, the new Jack Ryan vehicle that will star Chris Pine as the latest incarnation of the spy hero.

The movie will be kind of a franchise reboot, taking place at an earlier period in Ryan's career than what we saw in The Sum of All Fears/A Clear and Present Danger/Patriot Games/The Hunt for Red October. Pine will play Ryan just as he's getting out of the Marines, going to work for a Russian billionaire but eventually going on the run (of course) because he's been implicated as part of a terrorist plot. Given the huge variety of Lost episodes that Bender directed and how often he was charged with handling action, there's pretty much no reason he won't be up to the task of this one. Last we heard from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura they were hoping to start filming in late winter or early spring, so if things stay on course, we'll see Bender directing Pine as Jack Ryan before his old boss J.J. Abrams turns him back into Captain Kirk.

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