Sam Raimi to revive Jack Ryan

Sam Raimi

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.

Ryan Gosling to Star in New Jack Ryan Film?

Is CIA agent and future President Jack Ryan up for competing with the likes of cooler action heroes like Jason Bourne? Moviehole says that Philip Noyce, the director of ’90s Jack Ryan vehicles Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger,  has personally confirmed that he is not attached to a fifth film in the series but that one is being prepped to star actor Ryan Gosling. Gosling would be the fourth actor to take on the role, following Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (the Noyce films), and your favorite, Ben Affleck (2002’s The Sum of All Fears).

Moreover, Noyce previously confirmed that a Jack Ryan movie was in the works but would not involve input from the character’s creator, author Tom Clancy. It seems that Paramount Pictures owns the movie rights to Jack Ryan and can make him bark or hop on one leg at will. How about some more Noyce? Noyce was attached to direct a film entitled By Any Means Necessary about “a cop who turns to a mobster for inside information to prevent a terrorist attack,” but director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) is now on board. The consensus seems to be that this film will be massaged into a young Jack Ryan picture starring Gosling a la Affleck’s outing.

Gosling’s performance in The Notebook earned the females’ attention, Half Nelson earned him an Oscar nom, Fracture opposite Anthony Hopkins upped his exposure, and his last film, Lars and the Real Girl, was thought to be a quirky indie sleeper like Juno but proved a non-starter and split critics. A big budget action film sounds about right, unless he wants to keep to the Johnny Depp route. Any Tom Clancy fans not stoked about this news?