26 June 2012 7:03 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Having Jack Bender leave the Jack Ryan reboot is an unfortunate bit of business — I’m sure Kenneth Branagh will do fine work; it’s just that seeing a new voice take control would have been nice — but when one door closes for the guy, a window opens right up. (Or, if you would count Alcatraz as a major effort on his part, make that “when two doors close.”)

THR tells us the Lost helmer will partner with New Regency on Devolution, a tight-lipped thriller rooted in an idea by World War Z author Max Brooks; he’ll also make the film his first credit as a producer. The writing duties won’t go to him, unfortunately, but David Leslie Johnson, a scribe with a somewhat tenuous history that contains Wrath of the Titans, Red Riding Hood, The Walking Dead, and Orphan. (Only the last is well-regarded in any true way, »

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