Reviving Jack Ryan

Jackryan_lHere’s how Variety describes Paramount’s plans to bring back the Hunt for All Clear and Present Patriot Game Fears franchise yet again, this time with director Sam Raimi at the helm: "The intention is to generate several films… featuring 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." So, in other words… they want to screen old episodes of 24? Honestly, this sounds like a pretty creatively bankrupt idea to me. I’ve got nothing against those old Jack Ryan movies, but didn’t we learn from the success of the Bourne and Casino Royale movies that people are hungry for a different kind of big-screen action hero? And if Raimi’s interested in redefining the character for today’s audience, why not just start from scratch with a new superspy?

Still, assuming this project does go through, Raimi’s got a more pressing question on his hands. Who’s up to the task of succeeding Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford (pictured), and Ben Affleck as Tom Clancy’s all-American manly man? I’m going to go ahead and nominate one of the Jonas Brothers, who are already breaking into the world of espionage with "a live-action spy comedy" for the Disney Channel, but don’t let that stop you from making less ridiculous suggestions.

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  • Elizabeth

    I don’t really see the CIA hiring a hot-shot 23 year old Tom Welling-type guy. As I read the books, Jack Ryan was an established guy… I don’t see the point in reviving this series. Alec Baldwin was good and believable, Harrison Ford was good and believable. Ben Affleck – that was pushing it.

  • So…

    So Ben Affleck is too old to reprise the role?
    I mean, wasn’t this EXACTLY what they did when they brought him in for the last movie?
    How much younger can they go? Wasn’t the whole point behind the Jack Ryan character that he was a family man?
    And who would they get? Not that Shia LePue kid again?

  • E.P. Sato

    I vote for David Schwimmer. He’d be perfect for a spy movie because NO ONE would ever believe this guy who beat anyone up or pick up a woman. It would make us really wonder what makes our hero tick if he’s played by a real life wimp.
    If not him, Shia Labeuff (sp?). He proved his “everyman” skills in the Transformers movie and will likely show some action star skills once the new Indiana Jones comes out.

  • Ceballos

    “The intention is to generate several films… featuring [Jack] Ryan at a younger, more formative point in his career than previously depicted…”
    I could’ve sworn this was the point of “The Sum of All Fears.”

  • Ceballos

    …but if they REALLY want to go young, they should cast “The Wire”‘s Tristan Wilds (Michael), change the character’s name to “Black Ryan” and have him kick a$$ that way. (That’s only slightly more ridiculous and a LOT more interesting than another fairly straightforward Ryan flick.)

  • Snarf

    Channing Tatum

  • DanOregon

    Considering that “The Hunt For Red October” was the character’s first field work for the CIA, I can just imagine the excitment of seeing Jack Ryan crash in a helicopter while at Annapolis, work as a stock broker, then research Soviet sea captains. They’d be better off having the character be Ryan’s son, who’d be about 22 about now (and I’ll settle for an associate producer credit).

  • Eric Friedmann

    Once again, Hollywood proves it is nothing more than a gigantic “recycling machine” – use it, re-use it, and then abuse it!

  • Valerie

    As one of the only girls I know who read (and loved) the Jack Ryan series, I must say I hated Ben Stiller’s version as well as Harrison Ford’s. Alex Baldwin was the only one who got the flawed character, the analyst turned field guy by accident, etc. If they make another “James Bond with a family”, I’ll be really, really disapointed.

  • Valerie

    As one of the only girls I know who read (and loved) the Jack Ryan series, I must say I hated Ben Stiller’s version as well as Harrison Ford’s. Alex Baldwin was the only one who got the flawed character, the analyst turned field guy by accident, etc. If they make another “James Bond with a family”, I’ll be really, really disapointed.

  • Luis PJ

    Why not just go all “Young Jack Ryan” on us already.

  • Raven_Moon

    I thought I read on Popwatch that Ryan Gosling was up for the role.

  • Anonymous

    Agree with So on the Ben Affleck front, but if i had to name some young’uns, I’d go with Shane West, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Vartan, Timothy Olyphant, James Marsden, Orlando Bloom, Rupert Penry-Jones … and dozens others.
    And yeah, some of those are probably older than Ben. :)

  • Anonymous

    Oh! And Johnathan Rhys-Myers! Now, actually, i’d love to see JRM become the new Tom Cruise in the Mission Impossible franchise, but maybe that’s just me.

  • M

    Why aren’t we instead talking about the stupidity and greed of splitting up Harry Potter’s seventh book into two movies? Oh, that’s right, EW is owned by Time Warner.

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