The new film featuring the character of Jack Ryan, entitled Moscow, has been attracting some pretty big names. We know for sure Chris Pine will take over the principal role, which was previously played by Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears).
As far as directors go, Moscow has attracted a list of directors that includes the likes of Sam Raimi, Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean), Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and Kevin Macdonald (State of Play). A few weeks ago they were all being considered by Paramount to helm the film.
However, as Vulture Blog reports, it looks like none of those high-profile directors will be occupying the director's chair, but rather Jack Bender, who is, "a cat's breath away from landing the job as director of Moscow."
Bender isn't a household name, but if you're a fan of the TV series Lost then you'll surely recognize his name popping up in the credits rather frequently (he also worked on Alias and The Sopranos).
For a Lost fan, an episode directed by Bender usually meant that you were in for something memorable. That's particularly true of the finales of each season of which Bender directed all. I think he was the director who best understood how to marry the character drama with the mystery and exciting action.
Although Bender has stayed in TV land for almost the last two decades (his last theatrical movie was Child's Play 3 in 1991), he does have sufficient experience working with shows that share some characteristics with Moscow and the Jack Ryan franchise in general. With Lost in particular, there's the character element mixed with the believable action, not to mention the fact that you'd be hard pressed to find a more cinematic show.
Although, as our own Sandy Schaefer previously stated, Kevin Macdonald seemed the most natural fit for Moscow; I would still be very happy if Bender ended up directing. Maybe that's the Lost obsessive fan in me, but still... :-P
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers) has previously said that he expects Moscow to go into production in early 2011. A release date has yet to be announced.