While James Bond fans scored a big one today, fans of the Jack Ryan film franchise (The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears) will have to keep holding their collective breaths—Paramount is putting the spy franchise on the back burner as the new Jack Ryan, Chris Pine, is going to be busy starring as Captain Kirk in the rushed-release of Star Trek 2 next summer.
Coming Soon has it that Paramount is so adamant about Star Trek 2 meeting its June 29, 2012 release that the company is pushing the new Jack Ryan film indefinitely, and hustling J.J. Abrams to finish up with the mysterious Super 8 to get back to Paramount’s recent sci-fi cash-cow.
Coming Soon recently spoke with Abrams, who had this to say about the rushed schedule:
“We’re working on the story. That’s probably more important than the release date at this point, but at the moment, we’re not going to change anything.”
What strange times we live in—who would have ever thought that the Star Trek franchise would be so viable to a mainstream audience that Paramount would be shelving other potential blockbusters in order to get a Captain Kirk and Co. sequel?
What do you think of Paramount’s decision to shelve Jack Ryan for Captain Kirk?