Whoops, that's the wrong Bender. Once again my subconscious tries to imagine what kind of film the alcoholic robot would direct.
With the Bond franchise on indefinite hiatus pending MGM having one hell of a bake sale to get themselves out of arrears, the world finds itself out of a reliable, strong male protagonist we can vicariously be macho through. Thank goodness Paramount saw this problem coming months ago when they greenlit a new entry in the Jack Ryan franchise, Moscow.
Written by Adam Cozad and starring Chris Pine
as Ryan, this will be the first in the series revolving around the fictional CIA analyst not
based directly on a Tom Clancy
novel, but rather a reboot of sorts for his entire saga. Ha, take that
, Clancy! Hollywood has used you up and spit you out like the disavowed strike team from Clear and Present Danger
There hasn't been much news on this project since April's casting announcement, but today The Vulture
reported that the film now has a director in LOST
's Jack Bender
, helmsman for all of that series' season premieres and finales. While Bender's TV directing chops are hard-earned and solid, his film career is much less developed, with his last feature directing jobs being Lone Justice II
and Child's Play 3
. So, yeah, quite the step up for this director. If you're reading this story, Bender, allow me to give you a little helpful advice on how to work this upcoming project: focus the camera on Chris Pine's good side and you'll do fine. Which is his good side? Every side is, of course.