Chris Pine seems to be making a career out of starring in reboots while playing already established characters. After portraying a Shatner-less James T. Kirk in 2009’s Star Trek, he was set to play Jack Ryan, a role previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck in the movies The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears. The new film, formerly titled Moscow, is set to be a reboot of Tom Clancy’s character from his novels of the same name. However, problems getting a scriptwriter to actually stick with the project have put it behind schedule.
This causes a problem for Paramount’s plan, which was to get Moscow done before Chris Pine started filming for Star Trek 2. Rather than risk delaying their big-budget sci-fi sequel, Paramount announced it is putting Moscow on the back-burner so Pine can start playing Kirk again this fall, when Star Trek 2 enters production to meet its June 29, 2012 release date.
Of course, all this schedule shuffling leaves the questions of directors up in the air. Jack Bender, who won an Emmy for Lost, is free to leave Moscow because of the delay. Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams still hasn’t confirmed whether he will be returning for Star Trek 2. Let’s hope both directors are locked in soon, or else the two projects may suffer. At least Chris Pine gets to keep plenty on his plate![via Collider]