It appears more than one television network is interested in playing patriot games — or at least bringing Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan to the small screen. The CIA hero of movies “The Hunt For Red October,” “Patriot Games,” “Clear and Present Danger,” “The Sum of All Fears” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” has attracted top tier stars to the role like like Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine. As a franchise, it’s earned more than $1 billion worldwide.
Now Paramount TV, Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, writer/producer Carlton Cuse and writer Graham Roland are prepping a contemporary, small-screen take on Ryan using Clancy’s novels as source material, as reported by Deadline.
2013’s “Shadow Recruit” earned $135 million worldwide on a modest budget of $60 million, but it wasn’t a hit with critics and star Chris Pine recently lamented the fact that the movie didn’t do the Ryan franchise justice. With little movement on the feature side and Paramount TV making an aggressive push to bring its catalog to television with projects like “Minority Report,” “School of Rock,” “Galaxy Quest” and “Urban Cowboy,” the time could be now for Jack Ryan to get a fresh start in a slightly different format. Considering how many actors have worn Ryan’s shoes, it should make a new actor easier to swallow for audiences already familiar with multiple versions of the character.
Cuse and Roland have worked together since “Lost,” and last collaborated on A&E’s adaptation of “The Returned.”
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