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More News On The New Jack Ryan Film -- Does It Have A Director Now?!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. If this is true, then I am officially interested in the new Jack Ryan film in a way that hasn’t been true since THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER.

A couple of days ago we reported that Paramount is working on a new Jack Ryan movie - one without the involvement of author Tom Clancy, the creator of the literary hero. Today we received word that the front runner to direct "By Any Means Necessary" - which will star Ryan Gosling as Ryan, if the studio gets their way; he's yet to sign - is Fernando Meirelles , director of the acclaimed films "City of God" and "City of Men". An interesting choice indeed. Not exactly the first choice on anybody's lips when someone's in need of a helmer for their action/thriller, but at the same time, one that will no doubt deliver something different... which is clearly what the Ryan series' needs - a shake-up. Again, nobody - neither director or actor - has signed for the new Ryan movie yet, but this is who Paramount is talking to as of today. Read the whole story here!
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  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:42 a.m. CST


    by Knuckleduster

    Am I cool now?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Fernando Meirelles is GREAT

    by Vesuvio

    But he wasn't the director of City of Men. You could've used The Constant Gardener instead.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:44 a.m. CST


    by Vesuvio

    Just sayin

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Meirelles has made two great movies.

    by Knuckleduster

    Just not sure this is what I'd like to see from him next.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:56 a.m. CST

    The Constant Gardener was excellent

    by SpencerTrilby

    but I'm pretty sure the Paramount execs didn't even bother to watch it. <p> Anyway, interesting rumor.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 5:15 a.m. CST

    cool choice

    by kwisatzhaderach

    it reminds me of sputnik and yuri gargarin, when the world trembled at the sound of our rocketssshhhhh

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Meirelles is too good to do Jack Ryan.

    by beastie

    Jack Ryan films are fun and all but Meirelles is an artist. Let him continue to do Brazillian films or if he does need to come to Hollywood, let him do something LIKE (I know it's too late) The Road.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Jack Bauer is the new Jack Ryan!

    by Stalkeye

    Well, atleast before the writter's strike postponed season 7. Oops!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Sounds good to me

    by citizenchris099

    I hope the rumors come to fruition as this could be a good film. I personally liked all the Ryan films cept Sum.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Debt of Honor would be ballsy...

    by Judge Briggs

    I would love to see that movie made. That movie would make a hella good tie into Executive Decisions. Ben Affleck did a fine job with Sum of All Fears too.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Cauren for Hallows...

    by Judge Briggs

    I second that. I hate the current director. Cutting so much from the books. What a hack he is. I mean, at least film the extra scenes and release a la Jackson Lord of the Rings uber cuts. Thanks, WB, thanks alot.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:44 a.m. CST

    New Bond film title... ready for this?

    by metaluna

    'Quantum of Solace'. Yep... wtf?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    City of God

    by TerryMalloy

    is ridiculously good. Excellent. One of my favorite movies ever. As beastie says, Meirelles is too good for Jack Ryan.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    I can't believe you like SOALF better than PATRIOT GAMES!

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    I think PATRIOT GAMES is the best Ryan film. It also stars Boromir, Jules Winnfield, Darth Vader, Indiana Jones, Dumbledore and Frank Gallagher (UK tv character).

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8 a.m. CST


    by Vamp-AICNchat

    ...I broke the story on talkback. heh

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Patriot Games

    by TerryMalloy

    is the best Jack Ryan in my opinion too vamp

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST


    by PVIII

    Can't wait for Blindness.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST


    by PVIII


  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Which book?

    by bralli

    Which Tom Clancy book is this supposed to be? I don't recognize the title.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST


    by uss cygnus

    Who are the ad-wizards who made *that* decision?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    "Sum Of All Fears" Movie Fatal Flaws Were....

    by uss cygnus

    1. Changing the villians away from Islamic Terrorists. AND 2. HUGE PLOT HOLE: The Secret Service sweeps any building the President is going to enter with radiation and neutron detectors long before the President arrives, and they would have detected the bomb quite easily. There are bomb sniffing dogs deployed by both local law enforcement and USSS that would have detected the high explosives package in the nuke, alerting to it's presence, and there is NO WAY that vending machine would have been allowed to be placed in that stadium without being inspected inside and out first. Not to mention the fact that the Presidential Motorcade gets into a rural area outside Baltimore in less than five minutes....

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    As you can tell, I'm a Clancy

    by uss cygnus

    The only "great" Jack Ryan film so far has been "Red October". I would rate the remaing pictures this way 1.SOAF (despite it's flaws) 2. Clear and Present Danger 3. Patriot Games....The only movie that has even come CLOSE to doing the source book justice was "Red October".

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    FUCK YEAH!!!!!

    by the_man_from_Rio

    i might be a little biased because i'm brazilian, but fernando meirelles is one of the most original visions in cinema today...i cant wait to see BLINDNESS...hehe see blindness, anyway, he did not direct CITY OF MEN, his production company in Brasil, produced the series (there were 5 seasons) and the movie, which, by the by, is fooking awesome.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11:16 a.m. CST


    by kalash

    Why would a thoughtful actor and a socially relevant director make a piece of reactionary shit from Clancy? Don't they have better things to do? Is Fred Thompson going to be in this?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I heard Gosling is willing to do it; but...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...only if they keep the talking pie in the script.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by cpt. tim

    maybe they can have Jack Ryan meet john clark for the first time for the fourth time.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by MacTard420

    Meirelles would be an interesting choice. I can't wait to see his movie BLINDNESS coming out this summer. City of God was amazing!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Baldwin was the only good Ryan.

    by Batutta

    Harrison Ford's rendition was too crochety, and Affleck's was all about his hair. Alec Baldwin had a probing intelligence in the role, you could see him think his way through a situation rather than just whipping out a gun. It's a shame he ever bowed out of the series. He's too old and fat now.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Let me guess... You liked Patriot Games because

    by HellKing

    you're Irish! It was okay but not the best. The Hunt for Red October was the best then Clear and Present Danger. Then it's a toss-up between Patriot Games and Sum of All Fears.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by Munro Kelly

    I agree about Baldwin. I love "Red October". Everyone, in front and behind the camera, was on top of thier game. Alec Baldwin didn't really leave on his own, he was asked to step down so Harrison could take over. The things Alec said in interviews about wanting to do different things was a cover up. There was some sneaky studio politics behind that.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Now that's a cool choice, akin to hiring PG for Bourne

    by KillaKane

    Finally the suits are switching on to getting 'real' talent to direct these types of thrillers. Will be interesting to see how this develops.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    I buy Gosling in the role

    by ewokstew

    Good casting.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Quentin Tarentino for Hallows

    by Turd Furgeson

    You know you want to see it.... "Where's the mothafukin horcrux bitch!!"

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST

    City of God and City of Men rule! I am happy

    by Dogmatic

    to know that Paramount is not half-assing this one like they did Sum of All Fears and actually going with a bold directorial choice. Dunno much about Ryan Gosling but I trust Meirelles! Good on ya Paramount! HOpe he signs!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Baldwin Could Play Ryan as VP Or as Prez

    by uss cygnus

    As in "Debt of Honor" & "Executive Orders". Quite easily.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Horcruxes On A Plane

    by uss cygnus

    ...Too Easy.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    I liked CITY OF GOD

    by JackIsLost

    although it was wildly over-praised while THE CONSTANT GARDENER was both completely boring and infuriatingly stupid. So I'm conflicted...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST

    without Tom Clancy...

    by RetroActive

    Um, dumb idea, studio....dumb idea. Oh, wait! you're the studio! Of course it's a dumb idea!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Fuck that! Where's the new Jack Burton movie?

    by Pixeldriver

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Bring me the old school Harrison Ford Jack Ryan

    by chien_sale

    this whole "young actor that smell of piss with prestigious director" action movie is a blatant rip-off of the Bourne movies. fuck them all to Hell.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Jack Ryan story Clancy= not Jack Ryan

    by SkinJob69

    Then again, most of the left-coast interpretations of Clancy (especially Sum of All Fears) completely freakin' ignore the books. A modern-day, multi-national neo-nazi group with WMD's?!? Not.Fucking.Likely- WTF was that?

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Jack Ryan story not written by Clancy= not Jack Ryan

    by SkinJob69

    Then again, most of the left-coast interpretations of Clancy (especially Sum of All Fears) completely freakin' ignore the books. A modern-day, multi-national neo-nazi group with WMD's?!? Not.Fucking.Likely- WTF was that?

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Not Jack Ryan?

    by HellKing

    Then you must love all the bad books. You didn't know that his best books were ghost witten? Yeah, when Clncy started to get popular he dicided to write the later books himself which were all bad.

  • March 28, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Chris Pine & Kenneth Branagh

    by tccinternet

    I think the movie will star Chris Pine and it'll be directed by Kenneth Branagh. You can read further details if you want in the link.