'The Shield' Creator Adpating Tom Clancy's 'Without Remorse'
Although his gritty police drama "The Shield" has been over for a couple years, executive producer Shawn Ryan has been standing strong with successful series like "Lie to Me" on Fox and now "Terriers" on FX. But now it looks like the TV creator and producer is making the jump to the big screen. Vulture reports Ryan has been hired to write an adaptation of Tom Clancy's 1993 novel Without Remorse, which follows recurring character John Kelly as opposed to the cinematically familiar Jack Ryan. In addition, it looks like writers and producers Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers) will be producing this.
Though a young Jack Ryan makes an appearance in the novel, the story is concerned with John Kelly (who, in later books, assumes the identity John Clark) as he gets involved in a secret operation to rescue 20 American pilots from a North Vietnamese prison camp. Several other story arcs are prominent in the book including Kelly's crusade against a large drug ring responsible for the death of his pregnant girlfriend. Ironically enough, the detective investigating the string of drug dealer murders is none other than Emmet Ryan, father of the Clancy favorite character Jack Ryan. Though the novel is set in a specific period in the past, it may not take that form on screen.
John Kelly/Clark has appeared in the previous Jack Ryan centric films like Clear and Present Danger (Willem Dafoe) and The Sum of All Fears (Liev Schreiber). Apparently Paramount is looking to craft a whole Tom Clancy universe that seems like a strange blend of the connectivity of The Avengers and the action and intrigue of the Jason Bourne saga. Since the studio gave up distribution rights for The Avengers and Iron Man 3 to Disney, they're looking for their own franchise to hang onto in the near future. Considering this new project and development on Jack Ryan flick in the form of Moscow starring Chris Pine and directed by Jack Bender, I'd say they're on the right track. What do you guys think?