Chris Pine is teetering on the edge of stardom, but fate just can’t seem to push him over. Pine did the unthinkable in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek, taking the iconic mantle of James T. Kirk and somehow making it his own without even nodding in the direction of William Shatner. Paramount thought so highly of the guy that they tapped him to play Jack Ryan in their second reboot of Tom Clancy’s hit franchise, after Ben Affleck failed to make much of an impression in that (actually pretty decent) Sum of All Fears. For a while now, Jack Ryan was Paramount’s first priority, pushing back the once-inevitable, then genuinely endangered Star Trek sequel into the periphery.
Now… No more.
Yes, it seems that script delays have put Jack Ryan on the backburner, after Steve Zaillian (Clear and Present Danger) backed away from rewriting the upcoming prequel story about how Ryan (Pine) acquired his crippling fear of flying, as seen in The Hunt for Red October. Supposedly the draft Paramount is left with is merely ‘okay,’ but they’re not settling for that because they want a whole new franchise out of this deal, not a one-off. So, eager to stay in the Chris Pine business (because Unstoppable was so damned popular), they’ve ramped up production on Star Trek 2. About damned time. Thanks to Deadline for the story.
Star Trek 2 is now slated to begin production in the fall. Geeks, you can relax now. All is well.
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