While movie fans may recognize the name Tom Clancy because of the Jack Ryan series of films starring Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October) then Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears), fans of his novels have wondered when will character John Kelley (alias John Clark) have his own feature film.
Ask and you shall receive.
Vulture is reporting that Shawn Ryan (creator of The Shield) has signed on to adapt Paramount’s Without Remorse, based on Tom Clancy’s 1993 best-seller. Star Trek writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are expected to produce with David Ellison’s Skydance Productions.
Without Remorse is a novel about Clark seeking revenge against the Baltimore drug ring responsible for the death of his girlfriend. While the story is set in the 1970s during the Vietnam War, it is assumed that the film won’t stick to being a “period” piece.
In cinema, John Clark first appeared in 1994’s Clear and Present Danger (played by Willem Dafoe). Liev Schreiber played the character in 2002’s The Sum of All Fears.
A few months ago it was announced that Lost director Jack Bender would bring the Jack Ryan franchise back to fruition with Chris Pine as the young CIA analyst, Jack Ryan.
This latest announcement by Paramount Pictures is most likely an insurance now that it won’t have the distribution rights to The Avengers in 2012 and Iron Man 3 in 2013. (See related story.)
Tags: Alec Baldwin, Alex Kurtzman, Ben Affleck, Chris Pine, Harrison Ford, Liev Schreiber, Roberto Orci, The Shield, Tom Clancy, Willem Dafoe