Sam Raimi Reviving Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan by 2010
After finishing his nostalgic low-budget horror piece Drag Me to Hell, Spider-Man director Sam Raimi won't be be directing Spider-Man 4 or The Hobbit next, instead he'll be directing a new series of films that feature the revival of Jack Ryan, the CIA analyst created by legendary author Tom Clancy. Variety confirms today that Raimi is in negotiations to sprearhead the new franchise that is being developed by Paramount. Details are unclear at this early stage, but the series might feature Ryan at a younger age than previously seen in other films.
Paramount owns the rights to the Ryan character and has the first look option on any new material. Tom Clancy is currently finishing another new novel featuring Jack Ryan, but the studio hasn't read it yet and is interested in reviving this franchise with an original story. The idea is to have Raimi develop and direct a series of films to be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Constantine, Shooter, Transformers, G.I. Joe) that would feature Jack Ryan at a younger, more formative point in his career than previously depicted. One invention the studio is considering is to set the film in the present, with the action triggered by a global threat.
Although I would have never guessed, Raimi is interested in the project because he loves the character. And in turn, Paramount knows that Raimi can turn out solid movies that make lots of money. This doesn't necessarily mean he won't direct Spider-Man 4, but if he does sign onto this, then he won't have time for the fourth Spider-Man film until he finishes making this. Paramount is trying to ready this franchise for the summer of 2010, filling future tentpole slots as early as possible.
Jack Ryan was previously featured in four Tom Clancy movies: The Hunt for Red October (played by Alec Baldwin), Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger (played by Harrison Ford), and The Sum of All Fears (played by Ben Affleck). Ryan is the cerebral CIA analyst who climbed the political ladder and became an Everyman action hero star in the aforementioned four films. He's been featured in Tom Clancy novels since The Hunt for Red October in 1984.
It's definitely now our mission to seek out Raimi and question him on this series. I'm curious to find out how interested in the character he actually is - I can understand a passion for Spider-Man, but I just can't see Raimi loving the character of Jack Ryan as much as Peter Parker. We'll be sure to update you once we hear more on this project.