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Raimi, Paramount revive Jack Ryan

Paramount Pictures is in negotiations with Sam Raimi to spearhead a franchise revival of Jack Ryan, the Tom Clancy-created CIA analyst character who drove four hit movies for the studio.

Raimi would develop and direct a series of films to be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Raimi's Buckaroo Entertainment partner Josh Donen.

The intention is to generate several films Raimi would develop and direct, 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. . . .

Raimi was drawn to the project because he loves the character. The studio was attracted by Raimi's skill in navigating a franchise, following a trio of "Spider-Man" blockbusters. Raimi is by no means out of the running to make more "Spider-Man" films, but he would have to direct the first film after "Drag Me to Hell" for the studio to make its 2010 release date.

Variety, March 17

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At an earlier point in his career than previously depicted? Earlier than Affleck's The Sum of All Fears? I'm not sure I want to see the adventures of a pre-pubescent Jack Ryan charting military strategy while he's struggling to make it to class on time.

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FWIW, Alec Baldwin was 31 when Hunt for Red October came out, Harrison Ford was 49 and 52 when Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger came out, Ben Affleck was 29 when The Sum of All Fears came out, and Chris Pine is currently 29 (and would presumably be at least 30 before the film came out). So younger actors are the rule, and Harrison Ford was the exception, in the Jack Ryan franchise to date.

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Script Delays Puts 'Star Trek' Sequel Before Jack Ryan For Chris Pine And Paramount

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has scrapped a tentative plan for Chris Pine to resuscitate the Jack Ryan franchise before he reprises his James T. Kirk role in a Star Trek sequel. The slow process of nailing the Ryan script has prompted the studio to focus on getting Pine at the helm of the USS Enterprise first, even as the studio waits to see if JJ Abrams will reprise as Trek director.

This comes after the Ryan picture suffered another creative setback. Steve Zaillian, who wrote the 1994 Ryan film Clear and Present Danger and did uncredited rewrite work on Patriot Games, made a deal last month to rewrite the reboot script but had a change of heart and withdrew within the last two weeks. The studio has begun interviewing other writers. Lost's Jack Bender is still aboard to direct, but he isn't pay or play and could walk. . . .

The launching point of the film is one that gets a mention in Clancy's The Hunt for Red October, in the book and the original film that starred Alec Baldwin. It has to do with a terrifying helicopter crash that nearly killed Ryan when he was a 23-year old platoon leader in the US Marines. He was the only member of the platoon to survive. Insiders tell me that an OK version of Ryan could have been put into production this year, but the priority is more about launching a new franchise then filling a release slot. . . .

Mike Fleming, Deadline.com, March 28

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Is this an original story based on Clancy's character, or is there a Clancy book that tells this story I'm unaware of? I used to read a lot of Clancy as a teen, but I haven't picked up any of his books in 10+ years, so there's probably at least 10 books of his I'm completely unaware of :-)

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Is this an original story based on Clancy's character, or is there a Clancy book that tells this story I'm unaware of? I used to read a lot of Clancy as a teen, but I haven't picked up any of his books in 10+ years, so there's probably at least 10 books of his I'm completely unaware of :-)

Judging from the number of co-authors Clancy's worked with in that time frame, there are probably 10 of his books that he's completely unaware of too.

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Vulture has an update on the project.

The main points:

They want Kenneth Branagh to direct (Jack Bender has a Syfy show and was tired of all the development delays).

David Koepp wrote the latest version of the script.

It's going to be an original story that's a prequel but also set in present day.

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Paramount Lands Kevin Costner To Rev Jack Ryan And ‘Without Remorse’ Pics

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline told you two weeks ago that Paramount was courting Kevin Costner to play a key role opposite Chris Pine in the Kenneth Branagh-directed Jack Ryan film. I’m told that Costner has now accepted and they are working out a deal that will give him the chance to become a linchpin in not only the Jack Ryan film with Chris Pine, but also the spinoff franchise Without Remorse, for which the studio is now courting The Dark Knight Rises villain Tom Hardy, with Christopher McQuarrie rewriting to direct.

And the deal coming together envisions Costner potentially headlining his own film. He will play William Harper, a true blue American idealist who recruits and mentors both Ryan and John Kelly, the latter of whom becomes the CIA operative Clark by the end of Without Remorse. Branagh is reportedly going to play a villain as well as direct the Ryan film, and as Deadline first told you, Keira Knightley is the favorite to play Ryan’s love interest in the film. . . .

Deadline.com, August 20

Paramount’s ‘Jack Ryan’ Resurrecting Tom Clancy’s Hero Finally Set For 4th Quarter 2013; Keira Knightley Cast As Chris Pine’s Love Interest; Prequel Story Starts Trilogy

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline can now confirm the cast for this long gestating, highly anticipated action thriller that will be the first of an anticipated franchise trilogy. It resurrects the popular Tom Clancy character of CIA analyst Jack Ryan last seen on film in 2002 and now played by Chris Pine in the role already made famous by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck. After various starts and stops, bad luck and good fortune, Deadline also has learned that Jack Ryan finally has come together for a release in the 4th quarter of 2013.

Paramount chose to wait for Pine to complete the second installment of Star Trek in this contemporized original prequel story that picks up Ryan before he joined the CIA. (Paramount long ago locked in Pine after he played Captain Kirk.) His love interest and the female lead is Keira Knightley. Paramount was intensely searching because it’s a high profile role — an older version of the character was played by Anne Archer in the Harrison Ford films — and involves options that would potentially put the actress in three pictures. . . .

Deadline.com, August 22

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One thing they don't mention here is that the wife played by Anne Archer in the Harrison Ford films was played by Gates McFadden in the Alec Baldwin film -- so there's another Star Trek connection for you!

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Could the trailer be any more indebted to the Craig Bond films? You have the fight in a bathroom, a Quantum of Solace-esq shot of an elevator (also calling back to the opening of Casino Royale...), and at a stretch I might even suggest that the computer stuff harks back to Skyfall, though magic computers are more of a generic trope.

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Now coming out in January. Well *that* bodes well.

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Now coming out in January. Well *that* bodes well.

That might have something to do with this.

 

If it [The Wolf of Wall Street] can make it in time for Christmas, Paramount reportedly plans to give it that slot and bump Jack Ryan, the reboot of the Tom Clancy hero starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner. Though Jack Ryan was looking like a promising holiday release, it doesn't have the same awards hopes as Wolf, and could jump out of 2013 without quite as much difficulty.

Link from Ryan in The Wolf of Wall Street thread.

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The typical Orthodox Sunday-morning service contains two scripture readings: one from an epistle, and one from a gospel. (Plus many of the hymns we sing are actually taken straight from the Psalms, but those are sung by the whole congregation, not just the priest or deacon.)

 

So if someone wanted to "activate" a sleeper agent, would it really make sense to have the priest read from an Old Testament text like *Lamentations* during the service? Would it, in fact, make sense to have the liturgy involved *at all*, given that the scripture readings follow a set annual (or bi-annual, or tri-annual; not sure, exactly) pattern?

 

Oh, and as a friend of mine pointed out on Facebook: How deeply undercover can a "sleeper agent" be if they're attending a church that caters to an ethnicity from the home country?

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It's such a weirdly unnecessary plot device. Why'd they even bother with it -- then get it wrong to boot?

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So if someone wanted to "activate" a sleeper agent, would it really make sense to have the priest read from an Old Testament text like *Lamentations* during the service? Would it, in fact, make sense to have the liturgy involved *at all*, given that the scripture readings follow a set annual (or bi-annual, or tri-annual; not sure, exactly) pattern?

 

Oh, and as a friend of mine pointed out on Facebook: How deeply undercover can a "sleeper agent" be if they're attending a church that caters to an ethnicity from the home country?

 

What?  Does the old "Robert Frost poem read via telephone" activation of agents no longer work?

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The minute he said "Cincinnati Bengals" you just knew that helicopter was going down.

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First recipient of AARP Movies for Adults Seal

 

Paramount says:


HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 17, 2014) – AARP today announced the launch of the AARP Movies for Grownups® Seal, which recognizes films that have a special appeal to 50+ audience members.  The first film to receive the Movies for Grownups Seal is Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions’ JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, starring Chris Pine and directed by and co-starring Academy Award®-nominee Kenneth Branagh.

 

To receive AARP’s new Movies for Grownups Seal, a film must be selected by AARP’s Movies for Grownups editorial team, which dedicates hundreds of hours each year to screening eligible blockbusters and independent films, identifying movies with a distinct relevance to the 50+ audience. AARP’s Movies for Grownups Seal is the latest extension of the Movies for Grownups franchise, a highly-respected entertainment platform which was launched in 2002 by the editors of AARP The Magazine and features weekly film reviews, award-winning radio and YouTube programs, film festivals, an annual Movies for Grownups Awards gala and year-round coverage in AARP The Magazine and on AARP.org.

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Boy, they must have been really impressed with Kevin Costner and/or his character.

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We only have box-office estimates, not actuals, right now, but with $17.2 million in the till, it seems Shadow Recruit is virtually tied with 1990's The Hunt for Red October for lowest opening weekend of the entire Jack Ryan series. It is, in fact, the first film of the series to have a smaller opening weekend than the film before.

 

This is also one of the lowest opening weekends for a film starring Chris Pine in wide release: only People Like Us (2012, $4.3 million), Smokin' Aces (2007, $14.6 million) and Just My Luck (2006, $5.7 million) opened smaller.

 

But it's the second-best opening weekend for any film directed by Kenneth Branagh, behind only Thor (2011, $65.7 million), so there's that.

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