‘Lost’s’ Bender Close to Signing On for Reboot of Ryan Franchise

LostNow that he’s helped spirit away Jack Shephard, Lost executive producer (and director of the finale among other eps) Jack Bender is reportedly thisclose to signing on to direct another iconic/fictional Jack.

The director is in talks for Moscow, Paramount’s long-gestating reboot of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan spy franchise, Vulture reported yesterday.

Bender’s most recent directing credit is the 1991 slasher film Child’s Play 3.

Chris Pine, who starred in J.J. AbramsStar Trek, will star as a fresh-from-the-Marines Jack Ryan who goes to work as an analyst for a Russian billionaire, but winds up on the run after being implicated in a terrorist plot.

Paramount and co-financier Skydance Productions are readying the Ryan film for a February production start, says Deadline. Script is by Adam Cozad with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mace Neufeld producing.

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