Lost Director Jack Bender to Resurrect Jack Ryan Movie Franchise

It could be argued if the Jack Ryan series is actually a franchise. The main character was interchangeable, going from Alec Baldwin (one movie) to Harrison Ford (two movies) and finally Ben Affleck (one movie). The last one, The Sum of All Fears, was released eight years ago, which was, coincidentally, eight years after the third Jack Ryan adventure, Clear and Present Danger, with Harrison Ford.

Quite a few directors were linked to this reboot, including Sam Raimi, Gore Verbinski, Timur Bekmambetov and Kevin MacDonald. But according to Vulture, it looks like Jack Bender will be the one to sit in the director’s chair.

Jack Bender is not the fictional brother of The Breakfast Club‘s John Bender. While he has helmed many of Lost‘s biggest episodes, including the finale, his only brush with Hollywood features is Child’s Play 3. So before Perrey Reeves could become the future Mrs. Ari Gold, she had to make ends meet acting alongside an animatronic “Good Guy” doll voiced by Brad Douriff.

With TV productions these days almost mirroring their cinematic counterparts, we might begin to see an influx of directors like Bender looking to make feature films. Already, Jon Cassar, from the series 24, is in line to make his first studio feature, Motorcade.

The studio has already decided that Chris Pine will be starring in the film, which will follow Jack Ryan as a young, pre-CIA economist who is framed by a villainous Russian billionaire attempting to attack the US economy. (I hate it when that happens.) Filming is likely to occur late in 2010 prior to Pine teleports to the set of Star Trek 2.

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