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New Jack Ryan Project Moves Forward With Steven Zaillian Rewriting!

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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

    First Finally? I hope this doesn't suck

    by GeneralKael

    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

    Ford did make a solid Ryan...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    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

    Without Remorse

    by greyspecter

    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

    why no article about Tyler Perry playing Alex Cross?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    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

    I think they should get Kal Penn to play Jack

    by tommyleespenis

    and m night shamayalan to direct starring frieda pinto

  • He would be the perfect Jack Ryan.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Most Interesting Piece of This Puzzle? Bender

    by Crow3711

    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.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    by Omar B

    The newest Clancy book rocked.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    How the hell is it not a RED OCTOBER remake?

    by zillabeast

    Seriously. Thats somewhat of a miracle.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Almost more Ryans...

    by MagicJesus

    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

    Ford was too badass to play Ryan

    by whiskey_dick

    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

    Ford is, was, and always will be...

    by SA_Rhyno

    ...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

    Chopper does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    "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

    Not a fan of this casting

    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

    My love for Harrison Ford knows no bounds

    by TresEquis

    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.

  • 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

    Ford was never all that intersting in the role, sa_rhyno.

    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

    Hey! Let's get a shit TV director onboard!

    by Mark


  • Feb. 2, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Jack Ryan Movies

    by Mark

    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

    I'd rather see

    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

    Ford as Ryan- Peter Franks

    by SA_Rhyno

    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

    Patriot Games FTW

    by MattmanReturns

    "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

    Pine is way to young - he's still in nappies

    by Swordfleece

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    With all the novels about this guy...

    by ChickenStu

    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

    Chris Pine is two years younger than Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    Old-ass Harrison Ford as Ryan has warped your mind

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Ford could still play President Ryan

    by Nem_Wan

    I think Ford has even expressed interest recently.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    The Hunt for Red October was the only good Ryan film.

    by Chewtoy

    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

    Hope they break the downward trend...

    by Timothy_Olyphants_Oliphaunt

    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

    Yeah, reboot, Affleck is so over

    by CountryBoy

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Chris Pine

    by maxjohnson1971

    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

    Without Remorse...

    by vettebro

    Why didn't they just make a bad ass movie of that book? WTF?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Red Storm Rising

    by Quackfu

    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

    Red October is awesome!

    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

    Thanks to Sean Connery...

    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

    Chris Pine

    by BuffyFaithtribyeah

    Was'nt Ryan Gossling touted to be Jack Ryan at one point?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Why Original story?

    by homer40

    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

    Red Storm Rising please

    by RogueWarrior65

    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

    nice one

    by mrbong

    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

    Red Storm Rising can only exist in Cold War era

    by Jeditemple

    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

    Was Alec Baldwin offered Patriot Games? nm

    by Dan Halen

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Why did Harrison Ford/Studio stop making Ryan Movies?

    by Dan Halen

    Plenty of books left.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Baldwin / Patriot Games

    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

    Why not Lee Childs?

    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

    According to this:

    by Daragh Wickham,,315556,00.html Baldwin got F'd in the A. Shame, he made the perfect Ryan. Mind you, Clear & Present Danger is very watchable.