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Interview: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talks Chris Pine, JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT And STAR TREK - Movies In Focus
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is one of Hollywood’s biggest producers, having ushered such big-budget films like Transformers, G.I. Joe and Salt to the screen and his latest endeavour has him working alongside Mace Neufeld and David Barron and others to breathe new box office life into one of Tom Clancy’s most well-known characters in Jack Ryan. I had the opportunity to speak with di Bonaventura in London on the set of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit about the challenges of rebooting the Jack Ryan franchise following a 12-year absence. He discussed the decision to cast Chris Pine in the role of Ryan, a move which sees the star follow Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. The producer also talked about assembling an impressive cast including Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley, as well as what director Kenneth Branagh brings to the thriller’s production. This is one of those projects you have been talking about for a while, to get this going. Talk a little about the challenge of bringing this back to the screen and what it’s been like filming in London? The first challenge has been that [producer] Mace [Neufeld] put together this great series of films that really stand up: [...]