Paramount's New Jack Ryan Movie Finds its Screenwriter
by Alex Billington
December 19, 2008
We really don't know what's going on with this new Jack Ryan movie. We've been covering tidbits of news related to it for almost a year, but at this point, I think they've wiped the slate clean and are starting over again from scratch. At one point, Sam Raimi was attached to direct a new version, now that's not the case. Paramount has announced that Oscar nominated screenwriter Hossein Amini, of Jude, The Wings of the Dove, and The Four Feathers, will write the newest screenplay. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is developing this alongside of Mace Neufeld, who produced all of the past Jack Ryan films. This newest one is planned as an origin story, not derived from Tom Clancy's novels and ultimately featuring a new, younger star.
With this news today, I want to ask all of you about Jack Ryan and whether you'd want to see another movie at all? His past films include The Hunt for Red October (as played by Alec Baldwin), Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger (as played by Harrison Ford), and The Sum of All Fears (as played by Ben Affleck). Those four are clearly unforgettable and I'm curious whether another Tom Clancy-infused film will be able to not only strive in today's cinematic marketplace but also live up to those four. Not to say that the Jack Ryan character isn't a great character worthy of more stories, but we already have Jason Bourne and James Bond these days, so why revive a character that's been "dead" since 2002? Is it worth it?