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Is Chris Pine The Next Jack Ryan?
No title yet, but maybe a star

14 October 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

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The long gestating Tom Clancy / Jack Ryan reboot is edging closer to fruition, with the news this morning from Variety that Chris Pine is in talks to play the lead.

Which confirms that Paramount are going "young" with the franchise, and puts the kibosh on the rather exciting recent rumours that George Clooney was interested in the Ryan role.

No title yet, so we don't know which of Clancy's remaining eight unfilmed Ryanverse stories we can expect. There are two books left, prior to Ryan holding any sort of rank that would look ludicrous on Pine: Red Rabbit, about a plot to kill the Pope; and The Cardinal of the Kremlin, where Ryan is still a CIA analyst working his way up the ranks (weirdly, the original James T Kirk William Shatner was at one time in talks to appear in a Harrison Ford-starring Cardinal movie).

Not that those sorts of considerations affected The Sum of All Fears, which in the book series happens after Clear and Present Danger, but as a film became a Ryan's-first-mission prequel. So whichever of Clancy's novels is next up for adaptation, we can almost certainly expect some serious re-jigging. And those politics will need some updating too.

 


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RE: Clooney would've been good but...
Why are they rebooting a reboot? More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 17:22 on 16 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Clooney would've been good but...
I think rebooting (I hate that word) and starting from the beginning is an awful choice. Ryan needs to be older for any of the remaining Clancy novels to work. Hell, just for a film like this to feel authentic period. And also, as was mentioned in another thread, we've already seen this movie before. Why do the same thing just a few years later? They really should be casting someone who fits the part. That doesn mean he needs to be 60 or something. Just that he comes off as credible. More

Posted by Jacks Rage at 16:24 on 16 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Clooney would've been good but...
Obviously Pine is younger than Ryan is in the books, actually Ryan would be approaching 60 now, if I remember correctly. But of course the people aiming to relaunch the franchise are looking for somebody younger, which may or may not be a good choice. But within those parameters, I think Pine is a good fit. More

Posted by Kazuya at 12:10 on 16 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Clooney would've been good but...
But Kazuya, playing a man of distinction will be. Jack Ryan needs to be respected and in his line of work that only comes with experience. The only Ryan that Pine could credibly play would be him in his early years. But that wouldn't make for much of a Clancy based film now would it? Adapting one of Clancy's books to fit Pine makes no sense at all. And its just not going to feel authentic. Why not just find an actor that fits the character? There are certainly plenty to choose fro More

Posted by Jacks Rage at 00:50 on 16 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Clooney would've been good but...
L: leroythemasochist I'm still wanting to see good old Harrison back doing a decent thriller or something. I know, no one seems to like him anymoree]   Not on here, anyway. I love Harrison Ford, my favorite actor.   Anyway, as for Pine as Jack Ryan, I think it's a good fit. He already said that one of the characters he based his Kirk on was Han Solo, so hitting the Ford take on the character and adding his own should be no problem. More

Posted by Kazuya at 14:28 on 15 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Is Chris Pine The Next Jack Ryan?
Chris Pine? Really? I' glad they didn't ask Robert Pattinson to do it...   Go get Russel Crowe and get on with it. More

Posted by grucl at 11:54 on 15 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Is Chris Pine The Next Jack Ryan?
I don't think Chris Pine is manly enough for Jack Ryan, Harrison Ford yes, Alec Baldwin yes, Ben Affleck yes, new Captain Kirk? no. I would pick Josh Lucas or for interesting twist Edward Norton even though he's the Hulk now. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 07:21 on 15 October 2009 | Report This Post

Clooney would've been good but...
I'm still wanting to see good old Harrison back doing a decent thriller or something. I know, I know, no one seems to like him anymore but I'm 40 this month and when ya get older ya just want something safe and maybe a bit dog eared to confirm that things are still kind of like they used to be. Movies are getting bland of late. Endless remakes/reimaginings/prequels/origin stories etc. Where are the real BLOKES who used to star in movies? Where are the original stories? moan moan moan More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 22:14 on 14 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Lukeyboy
Are you fucking kidding me? This is laughable. Why must everything be set up as a money making franchise these days? There is no way this is going to be an intelligent film. Its now gonna be dumbed down and injected with a bunch of gratutous action scenes. And its a real downer cause I actually had hopes of seeing another proper Clancy based film. Why can't we have a real man as Jack Ryan? Not some twentysomething pretty boy. Do we really need "Jack Ryan Begins"? I sure as hell don More

Posted by Jacks Rage at 19:48 on 14 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Lukeyboy
The only way I see it is if they do Ryan in his early military days - Affleck, then Pine....at this rate he'll be a young cadet!! More

Posted by Sphinx at 17:03 on 14 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Lukeyboy
L: icedude Sorry Lukeyboy, but George Clooney would be diffrent than in 'Peacmaker', in that bland 'Thiller' he was a career solder, gung ho gung ho, Jack Ryan is a desk jockey forced into situations where he has to react as a survival thing, Does it seem to anyone else that Chris Pine is kind of getting every role these days, Star Trek was ok, but ..........I don't needed more?? sp; It would at least draw comparisons to his character in The Peacemaker - anyone else think The Peacemake More

Posted by lukeyboy at 15:18 on 14 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Ben Affleck
Pine's a good fit providing they don't have to recast again in two films' time. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 14:34 on 14 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Ben Affleck
Agreed, he's a good actor and looks a decent director. Completely undeserving of the level of hate he used to get.   Sum of all Fears is a neglected flick, too. Having said that, Pine would be a good choice. More

Posted by matty_b at 13:30 on 14 October 2009 | Report This Post

Ben Affleck
I thought Ben Affleck was good in Sum of All Fears.   The man gets too much hate. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 12:23 on 14 October 2009 | Report This Post

This sounds pretty good. I'll be honest and say that I wasn't really feeling the George Clooney rumour but Chris Pine seems like a good fit. As long as they don't pull a Mission Impossible thing and have some naff love subplot then they could have the makings of a decent thriller on their hands, more Bourne than Hunt, which is always welcome. More

Posted by Jenzy at 12:08 on 14 October 2009 | Report This Post

Lukeyboy
Sorry Lukeyboy, but George Clooney would be diffrent than in 'Peacmaker', in that bland 'Thiller' he was a career solder, gung ho gung ho, Jack Ryan is a desk jockey forced into situations where he has to react as a survival thing, Does it seem to anyone else that Chris Pine is kind of getting every role these days, Star Trek was ok, but ..........I don't needed more?? More

Posted by icedude at 10:04 on 14 October 2009 | Report This Post

Hmm
I think this is a lame idea trying to get a young audience. Sometimes I just want to watch a real man in a grown up film and not some whipper snapper whose wet behind the ears. More

Posted by Leeorami 2.0 at 09:39 on 14 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Anduril666 This is good news - Pine can definitely act, and he's the right kind of age if they want to set up a franchise. Still, ey Ryan would have been interesting. . . . ]   Agreed, George Clooney would definitely make a good Jack Ryan but also you have to ask yourself if he would basically be re-playing his character in The Peacemaker? It would at least be very similar.   Pine is a good choice (if a bit on the young side), but my choice of Jack Ryan would b More

Posted by lukeyboy at 09:30 on 14 October 2009 | Report This Post

Great......
what next, Elijah Wood as the new Martin Riggs? I know Harrison Ford is too old and Ben Affleck cant act but i dont think making Ryan even younger is the solution, not unless the new film is to be called, the Curious Case of Jack Ryan. More

Posted by natman_begins at 08:54 on 14 October 2009 | Report This Post

This is good news - Pine can definitely act, and he's the right kind of age if they want to set up a franchise. Still, a Clooney Ryan would have been interesting. . . . More

Posted by Anduril666 at 08:27 on 14 October 2009 | Report This Post

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