AMMO CLIP: Will Hollywood Ever Be Happy With Jack Ryan?
By Dr. Know on November 18th, 2012
Tom Clancy’s most famous character Jack Ryan has had a storied career in Hollywood. The films have taken liberties with his occupation, age, and chronology of important events. To say there’s been some gaps in continuity between the books and the movies would be an understatement.
Ryan first appeared on screen in the 1990 adaptation of Clancy’s novel The Hunt for Red October. Alec Baldwin was the first to play the CIA consultant/analyst/think-tank man to get in way over his head in an international incident. Harrison Ford then took over the role in 1992’s Patriot Games and also followed up in 1994’s Clear and Present Danger. After his departure, the character was on hiatus for eight years until he was overhauled to suit the Tom Clancy-approved Ben Affleck in 2002’s The Sum of All Fears.
All of the films were box office hits but to get into why the character has been recast so often (usually the fickleness of the stars and the endless rewrites) is another article entirely.
Speaking of recasting, now that Affleck has long since vacated the role, I’m sure most of you know Chris Pine, Star Trek‘s new Captain James T. Kirk, is now the new Jack Ryan. This time, however, the new movie won’t be using any Clancy novels as its source material. An existing screenplay has been refashioned to reboot the franchise, taking us back to the genesis of Ryan’s career and his government intervention.
The film is scheduled for release December 25, 2013, but whether or not Pine remains on board in the role, well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, okay?
1. THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER
2. PATRIOT GAMES
3. CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER
4. THE SUM OF ALL FEARS