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New Jack Ryan Film Gets A Writer
Hossein Amini on board new Clancy flick

19 December 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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It’s been a while since we heard any concrete news about Paramount and Sam Raimi’s revamp of the Jack Ryan franchise, but today brought several bags of cement’s worth.

First of all, it’s now just Paramount’s revamp of the Jack Ryan franchise – Raimi has left the project due to a heavy workload, including completing his new movie, Drag Me To Hell and starting work on Spider-Man 4.

Also, a writer has been hired to give Ryan the Batman Begins/Casino Royale reboot treatment.

Hossein Amini, who has written movies as diverse as The Four Feathers, the still-delayed Killshot and Shanghai, has been brought on board by producers Mace Neufeld and Lorenzo di Bonaventura with the brief to write a Ryan origin tale that will have little or nothing to do with Tom Clancy’s novels.

The new movie will obviously involve a new Jack Ryan – the fourth after Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck - and we reckon that Paramount will want to go with a big name. After all, while the Ryan franchise has been lucrative, it’s not a name that carries the instant appeal of a Batman or a Bond.

And while we can understand the reasoning behind a complete revamp of the character, we’re a little sad that Ford won’t be stepping into Ryan’s shoes again, for he would have been perfect for Executive Orders, in which Ryan becomes President of the United States.

However, given that he does so after a terrorist wipes out Congress, the current President and most of the government with an airplane, we can see why Paramount might have balked at turning it into a movie.

So, readers - excited by this? Any thoughts on who could play the new Jack Ryan? Or, indeed, direct the movie in Raimi's absence? Answers below...
 


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Your Comments

RE: Guess Who Will Be Ryan
what happened to splinter cell and Rainbow Six? There haven't been a good squard base film sice 'Clear and Present Danger', 'the Rock' and 'executive decision.' More

Posted by Ghidorah at 20:35 on 23 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Guess Who Will Be Ryan
Jack RYAN Reynolds? It makes sense. Kinda. More

Posted by popdoc at 17:32 on 23 December 2008 | Report This Post

Guess Who Will Be Ryan
...as long as it isn't S@#t Lebouf I don't care, but what are the odds More

Posted by villa1982 at 02:19 on 23 December 2008 | Report This Post

Rainbox Six, definitely,
... but lose the camp voices from the game. 'Right behind you, Ding!' More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:36 on 22 December 2008 | Report This Post

Actually - now I come to think of it, Without Remorse is amazingly en vogue for cinema at the moment: Charcter origins a la xmen/bond/batman? Check Ambiguous hero with personla trauma as a source for extreme violence a la batman/bond? Check Vietnam setting a la tropic thunder? Check CIA/Intelligence storyline a la bourne? Check Why has Hollywood not picked this gem up??? More

Posted by jboyle79 at 06:06 on 22 December 2008 | Report This Post

Actually - now I come to think of it, Without Remorse is amazingly en vogue for cinema at the moment: Charcter origins a la xmen/bond/batman? Check Ambiguous hero with personla trauma as a source for extreme violence a la batman/bond? Check Vietnam setting a la tropic thunder? Check CIA/Intelligence storyline a la bourne? Check Why has Hollywood not picked this gem up??? More

Posted by jboyle79 at 05:10 on 22 December 2008 | Report This Post

I agree - Without Remorse should be made into a movie - with it's hint of 'Dark Knight' vigilante justice and vietnam/nixon era setting, it is prime source material....and would then enable a new franchise, as John Kelly becomes John Clark, and goes on to head up the rainbow six team.....who knows, maybe then we can finally get that holy grail of fanboys eveywhere...a decent game to film conversion....Rainbow Six Vegas anyone??? More

Posted by jboyle79 at 05:07 on 22 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I quite like the idea of a Rainbow Six film...
I too would love to see a Rainbow Six movie, but i could see it end up as random action flick and not a decent thriller with action segments (really most of the actions sections of the book are short, it's the build up and suspense and the surrounding circumstances that make it awesome)   another clancy book i would love to see done is Red Storm Rising, has anyone attempted a decent WW3 film that is actually about a conflict and doesn't focus around post-apocolyptia or the build up to More

Posted by AlphaOneZero at 00:36 on 22 December 2008 | Report This Post

I quite like the idea of a Rainbow Six film...
I mean, it's probably my favourite Clancy book, and it'd really lend itself well to a film. More

Posted by MovieMogul at 14:17 on 20 December 2008 | Report This Post

oz_p has the right idea!
Empire feature for books that need to be made into movies! Someone needs to give Hollywood some original ideas, well not original but not remakes. and PaddyH28 its not Michelle Monaghan in SOAF it was Bridget Moynahan but now that I write this I can see how easy it is to confuse them. More

Posted by JohnClark at 19:56 on 19 December 2008 | Report This Post

Without Remorse for sure
I agree with both Penguin and Nicky, 'Without Remorse' is the Tom Clancy Book that needs making... Its an excellent book, with great stories intertwined and a great lead character, its so good i've read it 5 times and I generally only read a book once!!! Come on Empire, you must know someone to hint too!!! Or maybe have a feature, books that should be made into films??? More

Posted by oz_p at 17:06 on 19 December 2008 | Report This Post

Reboot!?
Ugh! I've just been sick in my mouth! If they're thinking of turning Ryan into a 'post-Bourne' action guy then I think that they should not bother. Penguin of Death is right. Without Remorse IS the way forward. There's an un-tapped action hero right there waiting to be used. More

Posted by Nicky C at 11:32 on 19 December 2008 | Report This Post

Call me crazy but...
ANOTHER Ryan reboot? Am I the only one who quite enjoyed Affleck's take on Ryan in 'Sum Of All Fears', especially alongside Morgan Freeman as the 'new James earl Jones'? There was some great chemistry brewing there... (Real shame though that Freeman - SPOILER ALERT - bites the bullet before the end, what a waste!) Plus it had Michelle Monaghan as the soon-to-be Mrs Ryan, and high-calibre heads of state (Ciaran Hinds in the Red Corner, James Cromwell for the US)! All the kudos went to Damon for t More

Posted by paddyh28 at 10:55 on 19 December 2008 | Report This Post

Back to the Cold War
Well I for one would be more than happy to see a good, Cold War thriller and Cardinal Of the Kremlin would work I reckon. Don't bother trying to make it contemporary, set it in the 80's and have the Soviets as the bad guys. More

Posted by The Bantam Menace at 09:31 on 19 December 2008 | Report This Post

Wasn't Ryan Gosling attached...
to this at one point? I thought I read that before Raimi signed on. I agree whole heartedly about Without Remorse being made, I've wanted to see that on screen for a decade now. More

Posted by JohnClark at 09:30 on 19 December 2008 | Report This Post

AIRFORCE ONE........
Was effectively Harrison Ford doing his last Jack Ryan movie (and good it was, even if I think the original choice for President-Kevin Costner would have been more interesting) Anyhoo, back to the new re-boot (god I hate that phrase). Do we have any casting suggestions? How about John Hamm from Mad Men and the recent The day the earth stood still? More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 09:18 on 19 December 2008 | Report This Post

Give Ryan a rest and make a decent version of 'Without Remorse' instead More

Posted by Penguin of Death at 09:17 on 19 December 2008 | Report This Post

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