Kenneth Branagh seems to be the man that Paramount Pictures wants leading their next Jack Ryan adventure to the silver screen. Variety reports that a week after Jack Bender departed the upcoming prequel of Tom Clancy's character, Branagh has been brought on board to direct. The Thor helmer already has his lead star locked in by way of Chris Pine and will be taking from a screenplay by David Koepp.
It's still too early for any official plot concepts but producer Mace Neufield told CS last year that "We pick him up when he's on Wall Street," he said. "...[but] the Jack Ryan movies have never been action films. They're kind of 'thinking man's thrillers.' Jack is referred to as a 'water-walker' because of his ability to jump ahead to conclusions. That's very big in all the Jack Ryan films and that's how we want to portray him. He's a teacher. He's a historian. He's a linguist. And he's really smart."
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