The last time we checked, Paramount’s new Jack Ryan reboot (tentatively titled) Moscow found its star in Chris Pine and its director in Jack Bender. Now, THR is reporting that screenwriter Anthony Peckham is on board to pen the screenplay. If the name sounds familiar, he’s the same scribe who wrote the Guy Ritchie hit Sherlock Holmes, which starred Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.
From what we’ve heard, the film will have transplanted Ryan to Moscow to continue his financial advising, not for Merill Lynch (which has been absorbed by Bank of America), but for a billionaire employer. It is that billionaire employer who eventually sets Jack Ryan up to take the fall for terrorist plot designed to collapse the U.S. economy.
The studio hopes to begin shooting later this year or in early 2011 and they’ve hired Peckham to prep the project beforehand. Some of the other films besides Holmes that Peckham has on his resume include Clint Eastwood’s critically acclaimed biopic Invictus, which was based on the 1995 World Cup rugby championships.
Are we the only ones who find it strange that they’re so close to production with an unfinished screenplay? Not a good sign guys.
What do you think of Peckham writing the Jack Ryan reboot?