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Jack Ryan receives an approximate release date and trilogy talk

08.23.2012
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We've been writing about JACK RYAN in some form or another since Sam Raimi was involved all the way back in 2008, and we'll be writing about for many months yet to come as the newly-announced tentative release date for the reboot of Tom Clancy's character currently sits at "4th Quarter 2013."  While we may never know for sure, I suspect that this has as much to do with the way scheduling works out as with the successful precedent set down by the December release of Paramount's own MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL.

As we've been writing about JACK RYAN since '08, you may wonder just what was going on to delay it so.  There were a few shenanigans insofar as bringing different writers in goes, but the main thing was that once talk of a trilogy became a real possibility Paramount elected to wait until Pine had finished shooting STAR TREK 2 before commencing filming on JACK RYAN.  This delay led to the loss of original director Jack Bender ("Lost"), who has since been replaced by the rather interesting choice of Kenneth Branagh (he's also be playing the villain).

Chris Pine green background

Compounding all of this is the casting of Kevin Costner as a character rather in the vein of Nick Fury who will not only serve as mentor to both Pine's Jack Ryan and John Kelly, the main character in the Christopher McQuarrie-directed WITHOUT REMORSE that may or may not star Tom Hardy, but who will also in time receive his own movie.  A great deal of effort is being made to craft a connected universe here, no doubt with trilogy profits on the brain for WITHOUT REMORSE as well, so it will be very interesting to see how this all shakes out.

Considering the tentative release date for JACK RYAN is only a year and a half away, expect to hear more news coming out of the production soon.  Does this new "Tom Clancy Expanded Universe" concept have creative possiblity in your eyes, or do you think that the AVENGERS-style approach is just an unnecessary cash grab?

Keira Knightley in black on bed

Keira Knightley is playing Ryan's wife.  I'm very excited for all the pictures I'll now be able to run of her.

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Extra Tidbit: Branagh's statement about the movie: “[it is] an original story that allows us to understand how Jack Ryan develops into a CIA analyst, before joining, and perhaps even joining, the CIA. It’s a very contemporary action thriller set in the here and now.”

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11:26AM on 08/23/2012

It's about time...

I think it's about time Jack Ryan got a face-lift and a whole lotta attention. It still bugs me Alec Baldwin pulled a big sucky and opted out of 'Patriot Games' cos his head got too big. Harrison Ford was a great replacement, wish he would've continued with it but with his age, couldn't have gone too far. Ben Affleck, for me, was a descent, tho he does have baggage, probably a good thing he didn't continue with it. And now, Chris Pine, a perfect choice for the reboot. I am so charged and
I think it's about time Jack Ryan got a face-lift and a whole lotta attention. It still bugs me Alec Baldwin pulled a big sucky and opted out of 'Patriot Games' cos his head got too big. Harrison Ford was a great replacement, wish he would've continued with it but with his age, couldn't have gone too far. Ben Affleck, for me, was a descent, tho he does have baggage, probably a good thing he didn't continue with it. And now, Chris Pine, a perfect choice for the reboot. I am so charged and looking forward to what they're going to do with this franchise. Kenneth Branaugh is a great choice too but I'm a bit on the fence about Kevin Costner. He looks too much like Kevin Costner and that may be distracting. But we'll see...Can't Wait!
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4:52PM on 08/24/2012
If they do this right, I would LOVE to see Rainbow Six. Great book. A potential EPIC movie—again, if they do it right.
If they do this right, I would LOVE to see Rainbow Six. Great book. A potential EPIC movie—again, if they do it right.
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8:52AM on 08/23/2012

If the first movie is good

Overall, I like movie franchises (when done right). If they can make a solid first movie, then continue the story.
I enjoy the original Star Wars trilogy, the LOTR Trilogy, Indiana Jones (original trilogy), The original Jack Ryan Saga is good, I enjoyed all 3 Austin Powers (I may be in the minority on that one), I enjoyed both Bill and Ted movies, both Wayne's World movies (although the first is better), the Dark Knight Trilogy
My point is, if the stories are there, then tell them. HOWEVER,
Overall, I like movie franchises (when done right). If they can make a solid first movie, then continue the story.
I enjoy the original Star Wars trilogy, the LOTR Trilogy, Indiana Jones (original trilogy), The original Jack Ryan Saga is good, I enjoyed all 3 Austin Powers (I may be in the minority on that one), I enjoyed both Bill and Ted movies, both Wayne's World movies (although the first is better), the Dark Knight Trilogy
My point is, if the stories are there, then tell them. HOWEVER, don't force the movies if there is no story because then you get crap like Jurassic Park 3.
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7:55AM on 08/23/2012
Trilogy talk! Looks like studio executives didn't read the related-Joblo article about a week ago.
Trilogy talk! Looks like studio executives didn't read the related-Joblo article about a week ago.
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