Screen Junkies » tom clancy http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:46:16 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 R.I.P. Tom Clancy, Creator Of Jack Ryan http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-tom-clancy-creator-of-jack-ryan/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/r-i-p-tom-clancy-creator-of-jack-ryan/#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:54:35 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257363 Everyone wear a hat and aviators in honor of this great writer.

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It’s been reported that Tom Clancy, who had long enjoyed a successful and prolific career writing military and geo-political novels, has passed away at 66 of undisclosed causes.

While his bibliography certainly merits study and recognition, this being a movie site, his work is most pertinent via the Jack Ryan series of books that saw four blockbuster films and three hugely famous actors playing the reluctant hero-turned-politician.

Initially, Jack Ryan, played by Alec Baldwin, served as a submarine officer, tracking down a Russian sub in The Hunt for Red October. Then, Jack Ryan and the Clancy novels achieved their biggest on-screen success with the less militaristic Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, with Harrison Ford owning the role in both those films.

Finally, the adaptations ended with a bit of a whimper with The Sum of All Fears, a film that, while grand in scope, didn’t have the same resonance with Ben Affleck in the starring role.

Later in Clancy’s career, many of the franchises he had established had been taken over by ghost writers, but he still left a mark in the realm of video games, lending his name and properties to several huge games, including the Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six series.

While the cold war is turning into a dimmer and dimmer memory for America, Clancy was able to capture America’s military dynamic during that time to great success, and while there will always be action movies, the era of Tom Clancy action films appears to have come to an abrupt end. And that’s a little sad.

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‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell’ Coming To The Big Screen http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-clancys-splinter-cell-coming-to-the-big-screen/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-clancys-splinter-cell-coming-to-the-big-screen/#comments Fri, 15 Jun 2012 21:02:37 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249257 Everyone knows that the best films always come from video games.

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Everyone knows that the best films always come from video games. Casablanca, The Godfather, The Seventh Seal, and pretty much every other classic movie has its roots in a video game either for a console or a PC. Ha, I’m such a kidder. Anyway, the people at Paramount Pictures are “in the lead” with regards to obtaining the rights to make a movie about the acclaimed video game series Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.

As some have already pointed out, the video game finding its big screen home at Paramount sort of makes sense, as they are the studio that’s been churning out movies based on thriller novelist Tom Clancy‘s famous character Jack Ryan since 1990. Clancy has relatively little to do with Splinter Cell, though, his involvement really only amounting to lending his name and endorsement to the franchise.

The Splinter Cell games do have a similar espionage subject matter to the Jack Ryan novels and films, so it’s possible that Paramount has a good movie on its hands. Splinter Cell certainly has the ingredients to make a somewhat “classier” movie than your average video game adaptation, so optimists have a reason to feel good about this one. (The Playlist)

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Chris Pine Reboot War: ‘Star Trek’ Defeats Jack Ryan http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chris-pine-reboot-war-star-trek-defeats-jack-ryan/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/chris-pine-reboot-war-star-trek-defeats-jack-ryan/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2011 03:58:10 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204158 Paramount thought they could make a Chris Pine-starring Jack Ryan film before 'Star Trek 2'. They thought wrong.

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Paramount thought they could make a Chris Pine-starring Jack Ryan film before Star Trek 2. They thought wrong.

The studio had a plan to reboot Tom Clancy hero Jack Ryan in an origin story film helmed by Jack Bender (“Lost”), with Pine as the lead, a part that’s been portrayed by Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin – good company. Rather than adapt one of Clancy’s many novels, the studio wants someone to rewrite a spec screenplay that had nothing to do with Jack Ryan. The new plot involves young Jack Ryan escaping a deadly helicopter crash. Sounds helicopter-y, and by working the name “Jack Ryan” in there, serious cashola can be acquired by audiences who hate new things.

Many writers are being interviewed, and many more have already banged the script and were kicked out of script’s bed the next morning. Steve Zaillian (Clear and Present Danger) made a deal to do the job last month, but he backed out. Unfortunately for lovers of helicopter destruction cinema, without a solid script, production won’t move forward.

So even though Paramount was trying hard to get this project off the ground before Pine starred as Captain Kirk in the next Star Trek, it looks like the Enterprise is traveling a whole lo faster than the Red October, even though J.J. Abrams hasn’t officially signed on to direct the sequel yet. Paramount hopes that little detail won’t stop them from shooting this Fall and hitting their June 29, 2012 release date.

Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are are working on the Star Trek 2 script. (Deadline)

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‘Shield’ Creator Shawn Ryan to Take On Tom Clancy’s ‘Without Remorse’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/shield-creator-shawn-ryan-to-take-on-tom-clancys-without-remorse/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/shield-creator-shawn-ryan-to-take-on-tom-clancys-without-remorse/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Shawn's here for dinner. Invite him in. "The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan has been hired to turn Tom Clancy's best-seller Without Remorse into a kick-ass script for Paramount. Star Trek writer-producers, and J.J. Abrams's BFFs, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing. Vulture shoops with the scoop: The book follows one of Clancy's recurring characters, John Kelly (who later assumes the alias of John Clark, and appears in the Jack Ryan novels like Patriot Games and Rainbow Six), as he seeks revenge against the Baltimore drug ring responsible for the death of his girlfriend. While the book is set in the 1970s during the Vietnam War, insiders tell us there's no definitive plan to make the film a "period" piece. The thought of Shawn Ryan writing the story of a man seeking revenge against a drug ring stimulates my pleasure centers. "The Shield" is one of my favorite shows of all time. If Without Remorse captures the same tone with characters as rich and compelling as Vic Mackey and his Strike Team then I'd say Paramount has a successful franchise on its hands. Just don't get Walton Goggins to play the role of the hick, if there even is one. Dude needs to branch out. "President" has a nice ring to it.

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Shawn’s here for dinner. Invite him in.

"The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan has been hired to turn Tom Clancy‘s best-seller Without Remorse into kick-ass script for Paramount. Star Trek writer-producers, and J.J. Abrams‘s BFFs, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing. Vulture shoops with the scoop:

The book follows one of Clancy’s recurring characters, John Kelly (who later assumes the alias of John Clark, and appears in the Jack Ryan novels like Patriot Games and Rainbow Six), as he seeks revenge against the Baltimore drug ring responsible for the death of his girlfriend. While the book is set in the 1970s during the Vietnam War, insiders tell us there’s no definitive plan to make the film a "period" piece.

The thought of Shawn Ryan writing the story of a man seeking revenge against a drug ring stimulates my pleasure centers. "The Shield" is one of my favorite shows of all time. If Without Remorse captures the same tone with characters as rich and compelling as Vic Mackey and his Strike Team then I’d say Paramount has a successful franchise on its hands. Just don’t get Walton Goggins to play the role of the hick, if there even is one. Dude needs to branch out. "President" has a nice ring to it.

 

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‘Sherlock Holmes’ Writer Called in for ‘Jack Ryan’ Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sherlock-holmes-writer-called-in-for-jack-ryan-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sherlock-holmes-writer-called-in-for-jack-ryan-film/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Anthony Peckham, the writer behind Sherlock Holmes and Invictus, is Paramount's choice to pen the latest Jack Ryan film, Empire Online is reporting. The film, starring Chris Pine and directed by Jack Bender, will mark the 5th time the iconic Tom Clancy character has appeared on the silver screen. In the film, Ryan and his trusty sidekick Watson will attempt to stop an attack on Nelson Mandela as he watches a rugby game atop the Tower of London. That's my guess, anyway. What do I look like, a god damn 19th century detective?

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Anthony Peckham, the writer behind Sherlock Holmes and Invictus, is Paramount’s choice to pen the latest Jack Ryan film, Empire Online is reporting. The film, starring Chris Pine and directed by Jack Bender, will mark the 5th time the iconic Tom Clancy character has appeared on the silver screen.

In the film, Ryan and his trusty sidekick Watson will attempt to stop an attack on Nelson Mandela as he watches a rugby game atop the Tower of London. That’s my guess, anyway. What do I look like, a god damn 19th century detective?

 

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