Screen Junkies caught up with producer Mace Neufeld after he spoke at the Invictus press conference earlier today. Here’s what he had to say about the next Jack Ryan project, which thus far remains untitled:
Why did you go with an original script and not one of the books?
"Well, we were out of books. Red Rabbit was the last one and we just couldn’t seem to get a script out of that. The new management came into Paramount. They said, "This is a really valuable franchise. Let’s try and restart it with a younger actor. The Chris Pine
idea came up and hopefully that’s what we’ll be doing" Who did the rewrite? Adam Cozad
. Hossein Amini did one draft and Adam is now working on another one. No title yet?
No title, The Untitled Jack Ryan movie. Will you reboot his origin like you did with Sum of all Fears?
No, no. We pick him up when he’s on Wall Street
. Do you have action set pieces in mind?
It all starts with the writer. It really does. When you say, ‘We need action, action, action.’ The Jack Ryan movies have never been action films. They’ve been thinknig man’s thrillers. Jack is referred to as a water walker because of his ability to jump ahead to a conclusion. We’ve always seen that in all the Ryan films. That’s how we want to portray him. He’s a teacher, he’s a historian, he’s a linguist and he’s really smart. Would you shoot in Annapolis or DC again?
D.C. probably yes.
So there you have it. Seems like Paramount is pumped to deliver a quality Jack Ryan movie in order to wash the taste of Affleck out of our mouths. Eeewww. Tastes like almonds.