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Jul. 27, 2007by: Sturdy

... give us more Jack Ryan!
by Sturdy

For anyone that likes spy novels, there really isnt a more popular and successful hero than Tom Clancys Jack Ryan. Hes a great character and an easy guy to root for. Even better for Hollywood, hes a character that has a proven track record at the movies, regardless of whos playing him. So you have to wonder why weve gone this long without any more Ryanverse movies making it to the big screen. Jack Ryan appears in many books, but hes the main protagonist in nine different books. Four of which have already been made. That leaves five books just waiting to be turned into films.

Unfortunately, the first four movies have kind of screwed things up as far as timelines go. That could be one possible reason for the delay in making any more. As much as I loved Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan, Tom Clancy was right to have concerns about putting him in PATRIOT GAMES. According to the storyline, thats actually the youngest Jack Ryan. Then, technically SUM OF ALL FEARS happens after the other three movies. So the movie timeline and the book timeline dont exactly match up.


Despite the screwed up timeline, Ford is still the best.

But all is not lost. I say go with it and wrap the remaining five books around what theyve already started. I also suggest Hollywood make two concurrent series of films featuring Jack Ryan, but with two different actors. I wasnt the biggest fan of Alec Baldwin in the role, and if I have to choose an older actor, Id definitely want Harrison Ford back in the role. To his defense, Ben Affleck did a pretty good job as Jack too. He could fill Jacks shoes in The Red Rabbit and let Harrison take the rest from Debt of Honor to Teeth of the Tiger. Ok, so that would be four for Harrison and only one for the Affleck, but thats pretty much the way it plays out in the books.


Give him some credit, Affleck was pretty good too.

While were on the subject of the Ryanverse, I think its about time they made John Clark a household name too. Hes the main star of Without Remorse and Rainbow Six. Willem Defoe played him in CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER but thats definitely not who Id want to take over. He just didnt work for me because I never pictured Clark as a skinny, aging guy that looks like hes waiting for his next heroin fix. There are plenty of actors out there that could pull it off, but Id want someone a little younger a lot tougher, but still a talented actor.


Oh yeah, Baldwin also played Jack Ryan

So cmon Hollywood, bring Jack Ryan back to the big screen. Theres plenty of great material out there for more Ryan movies and Harrison Ford is probably feeling nostalgic after donning the fedora again. Sign him on to a trilogy and film them back-to-back-to-back. The source material is just too good to pass up.

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5:09PM on 07/28/2007

SCREW BEN AFFLECK!

I agree that my choice for Ryan is Harrison Ford, but Ben Affleck screwed it up big time.

I'd be up for more Jack Ryans, only if Ben Affleck wasn't Jack. He f**ed up the character in "Sum". What the hell was Tom Clancy thinking by saying that the movie was the better of his adaptations?
I agree that my choice for Ryan is Harrison Ford, but Ben Affleck screwed it up big time.

I'd be up for more Jack Ryans, only if Ben Affleck wasn't Jack. He f**ed up the character in "Sum". What the hell was Tom Clancy thinking by saying that the movie was the better of his adaptations?
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6:15AM on 07/27/2007

I'd go see it

Yeah, I'd love to see more Jack Ryan. And yes, Affleck did a fine job, but without question Ford is the best. (But then, that goes for just about any character Harrison Ford has played; "once he plays it, it's eternally his.") But either way, I'd really like to see more good espionage movies. So, yeah, Hollywood, bring 'em.
Yeah, I'd love to see more Jack Ryan. And yes, Affleck did a fine job, but without question Ford is the best. (But then, that goes for just about any character Harrison Ford has played; "once he plays it, it's eternally his.") But either way, I'd really like to see more good espionage movies. So, yeah, Hollywood, bring 'em.
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