New Jack Ryan Project Moves Forward With Steven Zaillian Rewriting!
It's been a protracted development for Paramount's reboot of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan franchise, but now that A-list screenwriter Steven Zaillian has - per Deadline's Michael Fleming - been brought in to rewrite the heavily-tinkered-with script, it's clear that the studio is serious about getting this movie before cameras.
According to Fleming, the project - which is not based on a Clancy novel - has a working title of MOSCOW, and will deal with the helicopter crash that compelled him to either a) leave the Marines for Wall Street (book version), or b) become a desk-bound CIA analyst (movie version). In both versions, the accident spurred a crippling fear of flying.
Zaillian, who's one of the best screenwriters around, certainly knows his way around the Ryan character, having done some degree of rewriting on both PATRIOT GAMES (uncredited) and CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER. Chris Pine will be the fourth actor to play Ryan (after Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck). TV veteran Jack Bender (LOST, THE SOPRANOS and ALIAS) is set to direct.
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Feb. 2, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST
I really like Clancy's books, but the movie adaptations are uneven - Hunt for Red October was a great adaptation(although they obviously had to leave things out) but the other films make alot of changes. Willem Dafoe as John Clark? I don't think so.
Feb. 2, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST
Whenever the one with the SUV ambush and Willem DaFoe comes on, I'll watch for a bit. Pine? Hmmm.....
Feb. 2, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST
Make the darn movie already! Vietnam, lone vigilante, evil drug dealers getting what for, great action sequences. It's got everything. Tailor made for hollywood
Feb. 2, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST
I know this site doesnt really report about black actors, but I think there should be some mention of a drag queen taking over a role played by Sir Morgan Freeman. PS: fuck Tyler Perry PPS: fuck Oprah
Feb. 2, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST
and m night shamayalan to direct starring frieda pinto
Feb. 2, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST
He would be the perfect Jack Ryan.
Feb. 2, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST
Say why you will about LOST as a show, but the guy knocked those episodes out of the fuckkng park each and every time direction-wise. The guy has talent. Can not wait to see what he does with a big, full scale movie production. Should be very exciting. The movie itself, and having a new Ryan adventure is exciting in itself, but I really think Bender is th most exciing thing about it. Always nice to have someone relatively fresh behind the camera on a new potential franchise.
The newest Clancy book rocked.
Feb. 2, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST
Seriously. Thats somewhat of a miracle.
Feb. 2, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST
than Bonds. If they'd have listened to me and cast Paul Reubens, this would have been gold.
Feb. 2, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST
His performance was great, don't get me wrong, but by the time he played Jack Ryan, he was already Indiana Solo, badass extraordinaire. There was never any doubt he was going to beat the shit out of Joaquim de Almeida and Sean Bean. Book-Ryan is a good man at the end of the day, and can certainly kick some ass when necessary, but he preferred not to fight until he was forced. He also has a certain self-satisfied smugness that Ford lacks. I prefer Baldwin, who you actually believe might be scared and insecure when he protests that he's "just an analyst". Ben Affleck wasn't inherently a bad choice either, though they neutered and updated Sum of All Fears to make it more marketable to teens.
Feb. 2, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST
...Jack Ryan. I'd still love to see Red Storm Rising made into a mini-series. I think a movie would fail, to long and not enough interest to make multiples. Without Remorse is the BEST of the Clancy books with John Clark in them.
Feb. 2, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST
"The project will deal with the helicopter crash"<p> Um... aren't helicopter crashes a little passe? I mean we get at least one helicopter crash in every action film or thriller. It's like the minimum requirement. TERMINATOR SALVATION had at least 3 or 4.<p> If they're pinning their hopes on wowing the audience with the spectacle of a 'helicopter crash', then damn. They really DO need a script doctor.
Feb. 2, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST
by jay sinofsky
Ryan needs to be played by an everyman. The dude's an intelligence officer- you need someone who can be inconspicuous. Alec Baldwin was a great Jack Ryan. I'd much rather see Chris Pine play Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie. That dude is perfect for the role- fuck Wahlberg.
Feb. 2, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST
But I always felt Baldwin was the perfect Jack Ryan. I think Hunt for Red October is one of the finest action-thrillers in the genre, and that everything clicks in the movie. And that Baldwin played the character pitch-perfect. Again, I love Ford, but was a bit underwhelmed by the adaptation of Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger just felt off. I actually enjoyed the Ben Affleck version as well.
Feb. 2, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST
by Coughlins Laws
Yeah, I'll take a pass. They really fucked up continuity on this series and it just seems too forced now. The only books left to cover are the storyline about Ryan becoming President, which they obviously can't do with Chris Pine (or, maybe they will). It's just another one of those situations where they should just drop the name and claim it as it's own story. Like The Honeymooners, or Karate Kid, or Annie, or Arthur...
Feb. 2, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST
by Peter Franks
After Baldwin knocked it out of the fucking park in The Hunt For Red October, re-casting was a mistake. Not to mention that the Ford Clancy movies were fucking boring. Pine could be a decent choice, but for me, Baldwin will always be the cinematic Ryan. They should bring him back now and cast Val Kilmer as the villain. Two 80's Hunks who became Chunks. Let the bloated bastards fight it out in duplexes across the globe. It sounds at least as interesting as what they're bringing.
Feb. 2, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST
Feb. 2, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST
1. The Hunt For Red October 2. Clear and Present Danger 3. Patriot Games 4. The Sum of All Fears. Fears was actually pretty good if they had just swapped Affleck for Ford. Affleck was atrocious in it. Just watched Red October again last week, still stands up, a top-notch intelligent thrilling spy film.
Feb. 2, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST
by jay sinofsky
one of the John Clark books made into a movie. "Without Remorse" has the potential to be great, and could easily be translated from the Vietnam era storyline to something more recent, and "Rainbow Six" could be potentially a potentially epic ensemble piece, given the right producers, directors, and cast. I can't think of a good actor for Ding Chavez, but I think Michael Biehn needs to be brought out of cold storage to play the older Clark.
Feb. 2, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST
When reading the books, Ryan always seemed the be the aloof, reluctant hero. While I agree that Baldwin was near perfect in Red October, I think that movie was stolen by the drama, intensity, and the Russian Sean Connery. In the two that Indy did, I felt that he captured my mental image of Ryan better (kind of like Tim Curry as the Clown from SKs- "IT". I couldn't stand Affleck as Ryan, although I am a fan of some of his work (although I think he's much better behind the camera than in front of it (he was the worst part of The Town IMO and should have left more of himself on the cutting room floor). Rainbow Six was garbage as is all the book that have followed. I am still looking for the bridge between the USMC and Langley, I hope that's the direction they go.
Feb. 2, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST
"Bloody proud of yourself, aren't you? You stuck your nose in where it didn't belong. And now you've killed mah baby broother." "It just... pissed me off." "Here's hoping you never get mad at me, man."
Feb. 2, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST
Feb. 2, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST
Why try and do an original script? The existing four movies are only loosely a series as it is. It's not like it's James Bond. Most people on the street wouldn't know that Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger are sequels to The Hunt For Red October. If they've got a good story... why not make it original? Surely it doesn't have to be about Ryan?
Feb. 2, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST
Old-ass Harrison Ford as Ryan has warped your mind
Feb. 2, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST
I think Ford has even expressed interest recently.
Feb. 2, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST
The Ford ones were decent, but kind of tediously paced. Hell, cheesy Air Force One was a more entertaining version than any of his true Ryan roles. I never saw the Affleck one. Nobody has surpassed Baldwin in the role.
Feb. 2, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST
My take on the series: Hunt for Red October = totally awesome Patriot Games = really good Clear and Present Danger = not bad Sum of all Fears = kinda lousy
Feb. 2, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST
Feb. 2, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST
First Kirk and now Ryan? This guy is gunning for Harrison Ford iconic character numbers here huh? (I don't really put Ryan up there too far, but he is a well known character. Pine may have a shot at really making this "his" character. Gonna be tough, but he has the chance.)
Feb. 2, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST
Why didn't they just make a bad ass movie of that book? WTF?
Feb. 2, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST
Should be an HBO miniseries much like Band of Brothers. It is Clancey's first non-Ryan novel. About a modern conventional WWIII. Pretty fun read twenty years ago and would be easy to update.
Feb. 3, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST
by Munro Kelly
Everyone brought their A game, in front and behind the camera. Story has it that Paramount wanted Ford for the first film and he wasn't interested. When October became a big hit, Ford changed his mind. Paramount and the producers booted Baldwin and brought in Ford. Baldwin, playing nice and I assume compensated, didn't air the dirty business and told reporters it was his idea to move on.
Feb. 3, 2011, 3:45 a.m. CST
by DC Films
...Sam Neil and of course the great John McTiernan, RED OCTOBER is a great film -- leagues above the dull sequels... (Baldwin is the best Ryan so far, too, but Pine's a talented actor).
Feb. 3, 2011, 6:37 a.m. CST
Was'nt Ryan Gossling touted to be Jack Ryan at one point?
Feb. 3, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST
Why original, when Red Rabbit, which was set long before Jack became the President, I think it had something to do with the attempted assassination of the Pope, is still there? Also, why not start doing films of the books about Jack Jr? Have Chris Pine play Jack Jr. There are two books now about him, one from a couple of years ago, and the new one, Dead or Alive, which is a turgid as all of them but non-stop fun. Christ, the new book has Jack as ex-president, Jack's kid, Clark and Ding, Mary Pat, all working together in a super secret intelligence outfit to get "The Emir" (or Bin Laden). Everything doesn't have to be a re-boot. Oh, and Baldwin was clearly the best Ryan. He just had that sparkle in his eye, the curiosity, and he projected just how smart Jack is, much better than Ford, who was fine in the role, but too old.
Feb. 3, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST
Sorry, but that description makes me yawn profusely. Oooo, a helicopter crash gives him a case of PTSD. Bah!!! I want to see an epic mini-series on Red Storm Rising. I want to know what a Frisbee of Dreamland looks like. And if you can change the bad guys from the Russians to the Muslim Brotherhood, that would be great. Thanks.
Feb. 3, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST
all the Jack Ryan films have been good. yeah, i even liked The Sum Of All Fears, even though i know you are supposed to consider Ben Affleck a cunt and hate everything he does if you visit this site.
Feb. 3, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST
Sorry, Roguewarrior65... But that story can only be told if it were set in the time it was written. IT HAS TO BE THE RUSSIANS and it has to be set in the 80's. The Muslim Brotherhood? Have you even read the book??? Go out and read it. You'll discover that about 75% of it takes place in the ocean. Muslim Brotherhood, my ass.
Feb. 3, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST
by Dan Halen
Feb. 3, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST
by Dan Halen
Plenty of books left.
Feb. 3, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST
by Munro Kelly
Baldwin and McTiernan were offered it but wanted to make changes or do another story. The two men are Irish and objected to the bad guys being the IRA. This also worked out for Paramount, who wanted to go with Ford, for the project.
Feb. 4, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST
by Scott Morales
Lee Childs has created a great character in Jack reacher, a former military cop who stumbles into more crap than a man should be allowed to...I would love to see a series of movies with him as the main character
Feb. 7, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST
by Daragh Wickham
http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,315556,00.html Baldwin got F'd in the A. Shame, he made the perfect Ryan. Mind you, Clear & Present Danger is very watchable.
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