Chris Pine has been out there working since 2003, but it was J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot of Star Trek that put him on many people’s radars. The alternate-universe take on Gene Roddenberry’s classic sci-fi franchise was astoundingly strong, and Pine — in the iconic role of a young James T. Kirk — did justice to the character made famous by William Shatner without making the easy jump to outright parody. It’s a fine line to walk, where Shatner is concerned. More than that, Pine made the role his own and left fans excited to see more of this new Enterprise crew’s adventures.
When those adventures will continue has been something of a question mark. Paramount has had the release planned for June 29, 2012, for some time, but various situations keep arising that threaten to send that plan off track. One such potential setback would have seen Pine stepping into the role of the Tom Clancy character Jack Ryan, previously made famous in film by Harrison Ford (Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears).
It now seems that a litany of script delays, detailed by Deadline, have pushed the Ryan return into the back seat while the studio focuses once again on Trek. Abrams hasn’t confirmed any plans to make a repeat performance as the sequel’s director, but that’s what the studio is hoping for. Should all of the pieces fall into place, that June 29 release won’t be so unreasonable after all.
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