Adaptation of Soviet-Themed Comic 'Red Star' Nabs 'Chronicle' Director & Jack Ryan Project Loses Filmmaker

Adaptation of Soviet-Themed Comic 'Red Star' Nabs 'Chronicle' Director & Jack Ryan Project Loses Filmmaker

Mar 20, 2012

Chronicle director Josh Trank has already set his sights on bringing Spider-Man spinoff Venom to the big screen, but Deadline is now reporting that he's ready to tackle another comic book movie adaptation. Warner Bros. has hired Trank to bring Soviet-themed comic The Red Star to life — a project previously in development at Universal. The Twilight Zone's Jason Rothenberg will write the script, which will delve into the mythical world of a surreal Soviet Union where futuristic technology and sorcery meet. The story even features a fictional take on modern-day Afghanistan (known as Al’Istaan in the comic).

Trank's found footage superhero flick Chronicle has grossed over $116 million since its February release, and although the filmmaker is circling bigger projects — including Fox's Fantastic Four reboot — his creative handling with smaller budget pictures may be just what Red Star needs. Have you read the graphic novel? Let us know if you see Trank as a good fit for the project below.

When one door opens, another door closes — and it's not looking good for Jack Ryan. Coming Soon shared that director Jack Bender (Lost) has stepped down from Paramount Pictures' untitled Jack Ryan project due to a scheduling conflict. The fifth installment in the franchise finds Chris Pine as the Tom Clancy character who has previously appeared in other book to screen translations: The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears. Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Alec Baldwin previously played the "thinking man's thriller" figure.

The new movie will reportedly center on Ryan during his days before the CIA and is not actually based on any of the original Tom Clancy novels. The studio is currently searching for a new director. After facing delays due to script issues and Pine's conflict with Star Trek 2 filming, Paramount is probably anxious to finally get this thing underway —  but are you anxious to see it?

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