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Steve Zaillian gets his hands of the Jack Ryan reboot

Feb. 2, 2011by: Niki Stephens

The long battle to get an origin story for Jack Ryan might have found it's victor in Steve Zaillian (SCHINDLER'S LIST, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE).

The newest take on Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan has been tossed about from writer to writer. First Hossein Amini (THE FOUR FEATHERS) got a chance and ultimately that ended in fail. Then Paramount got their hands on an original spec script titled DUBAI that was written by Adam Cozad. That script was redrafted to be the relaunch of Jack Ryan. Anthony Peckham (SHERLOCK HOLMES) came on at one point to try his luck, then it went back to Cozad. Now, Zaillian will put his own polish on the script.

Zaillian knows his way around the character of Jack Ryan. He did the script for Harrison's Ryan in CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER. Apparently he also did an uncredited re-write on PATRIOT GAMES.

The project is being called MOSCOW and has no official title or start date. The story is an original and not based on any of Clancy's books. Deadline says that the story 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." Chris Pine will be the new Ryan with Jack Bender (LOST) helming.

Extra Tidbit: Which actor embodied Jack Ryan the most in your opinion? (Yes, there are people out there that didn't give the vote to Ford.)
Source: Deadline

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9:59AM on 02/03/2011
1. Baldwin
2. Affleck
3. Ford

I'm thinking Chris Pine will do just fine though. He has a lot of charisma as demonstrated in Star Trek.
1. Baldwin
2. Affleck
3. Ford

I'm thinking Chris Pine will do just fine though. He has a lot of charisma as demonstrated in Star Trek.
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6:05AM on 02/03/2011
And for gawd's sake, don't try to update the time frame. Just set it in the 70's and 80's like it is supposed to be. There is just no replacement for what the USSR represented.
And for gawd's sake, don't try to update the time frame. Just set it in the 70's and 80's like it is supposed to be. There is just no replacement for what the USSR represented.
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6:04AM on 02/03/2011
Baldwin is the closest to the novels. Ford is good, but he was just kinda... bland. I'm looking forward to what Pine can do with it. For the record, I liked Affleck in the role as well. Plus he rocked in Phantoms.
Baldwin is the closest to the novels. Ford is good, but he was just kinda... bland. I'm looking forward to what Pine can do with it. For the record, I liked Affleck in the role as well. Plus he rocked in Phantoms.
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10:53PM on 02/02/2011
I liked Affleck the best. The movie was ok, but I thought he did a good job.
I liked Affleck the best. The movie was ok, but I thought he did a good job.
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8:19PM on 02/02/2011
I actually liked Alec Baldwin the best. Ford did a great job in the role as well. Maybe its because I saw Baldwin as Ryan first, or because Hunt for Red October is my favorite Ryan movie, I like him best and always wished he been given another chance. If they were going for an older Ryan I actually think Baldwin would be great for the part (doesn't he become president in one of the books). Granted he does comedy great in 30 Rock, but I'd be up for seeing him in another dramatic role. I'm sure
I actually liked Alec Baldwin the best. Ford did a great job in the role as well. Maybe its because I saw Baldwin as Ryan first, or because Hunt for Red October is my favorite Ryan movie, I like him best and always wished he been given another chance. If they were going for an older Ryan I actually think Baldwin would be great for the part (doesn't he become president in one of the books). Granted he does comedy great in 30 Rock, but I'd be up for seeing him in another dramatic role. I'm sure Pine will be great though.
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8:33PM on 02/02/2011
Bladwin declined the chance to play the part further, stating that he didnt want to get typecast
Bladwin declined the chance to play the part further, stating that he didnt want to get typecast
7:01PM on 02/02/2011
I really dug The Sum of All Fears, so I guess I'll go with Affleck.
I really dug The Sum of All Fears, so I guess I'll go with Affleck.
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6:27PM on 02/02/2011
Is that a real question, when I read the books I see Harrison Ford. Even when I read The Hunt for Red October and The Sum of All Fears. Alec and Ben don't stand a chance.
Is that a real question, when I read the books I see Harrison Ford. Even when I read The Hunt for Red October and The Sum of All Fears. Alec and Ben don't stand a chance.
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6:32PM on 02/02/2011
You'd be surprised. There's quite a few people out there that actually prefer Baldwin and Affleck.
You'd be surprised. There's quite a few people out there that actually prefer Baldwin and Affleck.
6:56PM on 02/02/2011
Yes, I would be surprised. It's not that I dislike either of the other actors or the movies that they did. (well I need to watch The Sum of All Fears again after having read the book I think the movie pales in comparison, but I don't think it's Ben's fault) I just think Harrison personifies more of the character facets than the other two.
Yes, I would be surprised. It's not that I dislike either of the other actors or the movies that they did. (well I need to watch The Sum of All Fears again after having read the book I think the movie pales in comparison, but I don't think it's Ben's fault) I just think Harrison personifies more of the character facets than the other two.