Will James Franco be stepping into a role previously occupied by the likes of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck? CHUD received an interesting scoop that Sam Raimi is eyeing up actor James Franco to portray Jack Ryan in his reboot of the franchise.

The scooper also mentioned that Paramount wasn't keen on the idea of Franco taking the lead in this franchise and also that Raimi and the studio are butting heads over this, to the point where, the scooper notes, that Raimi is even considering walking away from the project because of it.

We'll be sure to keep you posted on these interesting developments as soon as more information comes to light. Franco can currently be seen in the smash comedy Pineapple Express, which is in theaters now.