For a while we had hopes that Kevin Costner would make his career comeback with an attention-grabbing turn in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, until scheduling issues sadly forced him to turn down the gig. But no matter: It looks like Costner’s been keeping plenty busy getting back on top even without that part. He’s just coming off of an Emmy-nominated turn in the History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys and has supporting role in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel due out next year.

Now he’s looking for his next move beyond that, and a couple of intriguing options have just popped up on the radar. Costner is reportedly being courted for Paramount’s Jack Ryan reboot, as well as the Luc Besson-produced Three Days to Kill. More details after the jump.

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Paramount’s Jack Ryan reboot has had its share of false starts, but the fact that it’s finally begun casting in earnest can only be a positive sign. Chris Pine‘s been attached to play the beloved Tom Clancy creation for years, but he’s been all alone in the spotlight.

That changed a few weeks ago when director Kenneth Branagh (who got the helming gig back in March) cast himself as the villain, and now he’s narrowing down the possibilities for the female lead role as well. On that short list are Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones, and Evangeline Lilly. More after the jump.

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Paramount’s had a bit of trouble getting its Jack Ryan reboot off the ground, and things looked especially dire a few months ago when director Jack Bender exited the project after months or perhaps even years stuck in development hell. But the movie quickly bounced back with a new director in the form of Kenneth Branagh, and now it’s moving on into casting.

And for the first addition to its cast (aside from lead Chris Pine, of course, who’s been attached for years), the studio’s looking right under its nose. Branagh himself is said to be in talks to star in the film, in the key role of the villain. More details after the jump.

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Paramount has spent a couple years trying to engineer a new film based on Tom Clancy‘s character Jack Ryan, previously seen in films like The Hunt For Red October and Patriot Games, where he was played by Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, respectively.

Chris Pine (Star Trek, This Means War) has been attached to play Ryan for quite some time, but the project has gone through a parade of writers, and even with director Jack Bender (Lost) attached, couldn’t quite get moving.

Bender left the project recently, which left us wondering if it was going to go the way of the Cold War. But now Kenneth Branagh, who last worked with Paramount and Marvel Studios on Thor, is in talks to direct the new Jack Ryan film. Read More »

For the past couple years and change, Paramount has been developing a revival of Tom Clancy‘s Jack Ryan character, originally played by Alec Baldwin in The Hunt For Red October, and last seen in The Sum of All Fears, played by Ben Affleck.

The relative indifference that met Fears upon release put the character on ice for ten years, but at some point it is very likely that Jack Ryan will return. Chris Pine (Star Trek, This Means War) is set to play the analyst turned spy, and Lost director Jack Bender has been attached to direct since late summer in of 2010.

But now the longer-than-expected development period for the Jack Ryan movie has started to interfere with Bender’s other commitments, and so the director has moved on. Read More »

Seeing as everything else from the ’80s has been dragged back to the movie theater, it probably really is just a matter of time before we get another Twins. Also after the jump:

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The backstory of the new telling of Jack Ryan‘s origin story is becoming quite an origin story of its own. Paramount has been trying to kickstart the rebirth of the Jack Ryan franchise for two years — it stalled out in 2002 with the Ben Affleck-led The Sum of All Fears.

Now the latest screenwriter to try to stick an adrenaline needle in the franchise’s nearly-flatlined chest is David Koepp. But is he doctoring the script, or starting from scratch? Read More »

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