Author Tom Clancy Has Died at 66

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Author Tom Clancy, who created the Jack Ryan character that has been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and most recently Chris Pine for the upcoming Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, has died at age 66.  Clancy’s publisher confirmed his passing, but did not give a cause of death.  Read More »

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Paramount’s had a bit of trouble getting its Jack Ryan reboot off the ground, and things looked especially dire a few months ago when director Jack Bender exited the project after months or perhaps even years stuck in development hell. But the movie quickly bounced back with a new director in the form of Kenneth Branagh, and now it’s moving on into casting.

And for the first addition to its cast (aside from lead Chris Pine, of course, who’s been attached for years), the studio’s looking right under its nose. Branagh himself is said to be in talks to star in the film, in the key role of the villain. More details after the jump.

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Tom Clancy‘s books are no stranger to big screen adaptations. The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears have all been made into films. However, in the past decade, he’s much better known for his video games and now one of those is about to get the red carpet treatment.

Deadline is reporting that several studios have been competing for the rights to Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Paramount, who made the four Clancy movies mentioned above, has now emerged as a front runner. Splinter Cell is one of Clancy’s most famous game franchises and focuses on stealth missions. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Steve Zaillian Rewriting Paramount’s Jack Ryan Reboot

Briefly: Paramount has been working on a revamp of Tom Clancy‘s Jack Ryan character. Chris Pine is starring, making him the fourth actor in the role after Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, and Lost‘s Jack Bender is directing.

Hossein Amini wrote a draft, then the studio picked up Adam Cozad‘s spec script Dubai, which the scribe reworked into a Jack Ryan film called Moscow. He and Anthony Peckham have both done additional work after that Moscow draft came together. Now it looks like Steve Zaillian will do a pass on the draft, and hopefully leave it in shooting shape. Read More »

Tom Clancy has found great success expanding his various novels into the video game medium, as developers continue to churn out seemingly endless entries into the Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon series (among others), but when it comes to film, Jack Ryan has cornered the market. Out of the four films that have been adapted from Clancy’s novels, all have featured Ryan, who is easily the author’s most famous and widely recognized character. Now a fifth is in the works, and it’s starring Chris Pine as — what a surprise — Jack Ryan.

But wait, what’s this? For the first time ever, the work of Tom Clancy is actually heading to theaters sans Ryan, with an adaptation of his novel Without Remorse. Though Ryan isn’t featured in the book, the story does take place in the “Ryanverse”. In fact, the book’s central protagonist, former Navy SEAL and CIA operative John Kelly (aka John Clark), has been portrayed twice before in the Jack Ryan films, first by Willem Dafoe in Clear and Present Danger and later by Liev Schreiber in The Sum of All Fears.

Writing the adaptation is The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, who until now has primarily worked in TV, most recently serving as a writer and executive producer on FX’s Terriers.
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Just the other day there was a mention that George Clooney might be interested in taking up the mantle of Jack Ryan, the hero of Tom Clancy novels and films like The Hunt For Red October and Patriot Games. Now there’s confirmation, via Anne Thompson, that Clooney’s name is indeed in the mix. But more important, the Hossein Aimini script that was commissioned last year to reboot the franchise, currently just the Untitled Tom Clancy Project, should arrive shortly, and then Paramount will be able to make a decision about really moving forward. Read More »

George Clooney as Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan?

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This is what I get for skimming. First thing this morning I looked over the first page of Kim Masters’ story at The Daily Beast about George Clooney‘s production company moving to Sony, but I didn’t read the whole thing. And Anne Thompson noticed, on the second page, an assertion that Clooney is interested in helping Paramount revive the Jack Ryan character seen in The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears. This is just the latest Ryan revival rumor to hit the web in the last couple years, but I’ll admit: it’s one of the better ones. Read More »

Sam Raimi to revive Jack Ryan

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After getting Dragged to Hell, Sam Raimi plans to develop and direct a series of films based on the popular Tom Clancy-created Jack Ryan book series. Paramount is hoping to release the first film in Summer 2010.

Alec Baldwin first took the character to the big screen in John McTiernan’s 1990 The Hunt for Red October. Harrison Ford took over the character for Phillip Noyce’s 1992 film Patriot Games and 1994 film Clear and Present Danger. Ben Affleck played a younger Jack Ryan in Phil Alden Robinson’s 2002 film The Sum of All Fears, which was heavily criticized for deviating from the novel and cannon of the Ryan story in order to insert more action into the plot. From what I understand, the Jack Ryan character in the books is a lot less action orientated, which is somewhat played off due to his age.

Raimi plans to develop a series of new films featuring a younger Ryan at a “more formative point in his career than previously depicted.” I’m sure this new direction will further anger fans of the series. Variety says: “One invention the studio is considering is to set the film in the present, with the action triggered by a global threat.”

“While Clancy is completing another Ryan novel, the studio hasn’t read it and so hasn’t decided if it will use the new book or come up with an original story. Paramount controls rights to the Ryan character, and gets first look at the new novel.”

Discuss: What’s the point of even calling this a Jack Ryan film? It sounds like they’re just looking for a young Bourne or Bond like series, but don’t want to invest in an original concept/story.

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