Kenneth Branagh to direct new Jack Ryan film

After “LOST” director Jack Bender had to step away from the new Jack Ryan movie at Paramount due to his television commitments, the project’s future was uncertain. Variety reports that Thor director Kenneth Branagh has now taken over as director on the movie, which still has Chris Pine attached to star.

The film is currently untitled but was once called Moscow, and is said to be an origin story of Tom Clancy’s famous Jack Ryan character. He’s been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck in movies like The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games, and The Sum of All Fears, and rumor had it that this story would follow the young Marine after surviving a helicopter crash.

There’s no official start date yet, but Pine wants to shoot it quickly after Star Trek 2, so Paramount is putting it back on the fast track. Thor proved that Branagh can handle action adaquately, but do you think Branagh is a good choice for this film?