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It's been a long time coming, but the Jack Ryan reboot has finally gotten to the point where they are ready to get things in motion and actually get the movie made. While the project has spent years in development hell, there has been a number of casting announcements recently and now it is being reported that Paramount is planning to release the film some time in the fourth quarter of 2013.
As previously reported, Chris Pine is on-board to play the famed Tom Clancy hero previously played by the likes of Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin, and Ben Affleck. Kenneth Branagh, who is also directing the movie, will be playing the film's central villain, Kiera Knightley was cast as the female lead recently, and Kevin Costner has been brought on to play William Harper, Ryan's mentor. Costner is also set to play the same role in Without Remorse, a spin-off franchise that would take place in the same world as the Jack Ryan movie, much like how the Marvel Cinematic Universe works.
Deadline says that Branagh will use the movie to tell an original story about the character that "allows us to understand how Jack Ryan develops into a CIA analyst, before joining, and perhaps even joining, the CIA. It’s a very contemporary action thriller set in the here and now." The movie will include a scene that was described in The Hunt For Red October in which a 23-year-old Ryan survives a helicopter crash. Previous reports have said that the movie will feature the character working in Moscow and discovering that his boss (Branagh) is financing a terrorist plot. David Koepp, who directed the upcoming Premium Rush, rewrote the original script by Adam Cozad called Moscow.
It's worth noting that while Deadline says that Paramount is aiming for the final months of next year as a release date, they are more concerned with making a good movie than hitting an exact date. They see a lot of potential in the future franchise and want to kick it off right.