It is official now: The Jack Ryan series will return to the big screen. In fact, Paramount Pictures is currently in negotiations with Sam Raimi to direct a series of Jack Ryan pics. The idea is to both set them in the modern day, but also feature a younger version of Jack Ryan (continuity, clearly, is not paramount here). One possible scenario, according to Variety, is to write a script where the “action is triggered by a global threat.” Really? A global threat in a Jack Ryan movie? That’s … novel. The studio, however, hasn’t decided yet if the movie will be based on one of Tom Clancy’s novels.
No word yet on who might be cast as the younger Jack Ryan, although I’m sure somebody will start a scurrilous rumor that Chris Pine is up for the part (yesterday, he was briefly rumored to be in the running for the role of The Green Hornet … and why not? You need a weak actor for a weak superhero). Besides, I thought that Ben Affleck was already the young Jack Ryan? Perhaps The Sum of All Fears is the Jack Ryan franchise’s version of Terminator 3: Didn’t exist.
Here’s an obvious thought: Ryan Gosling. Do it.
I like Raimi. A ton. But if screening of Drag Me To Hell we saw at SXSW is any indication, he really should stick to the fantastic comedy-horrors that made him who he is. Granted, there’s not as much money in it for him, but I’m really more concerned with our needs. With at least one more Spiderman on tap, and a series of Jack Ryan flicks, it may be a very long time before we get to see another wheelhouse Raimi flick. A fourth Evil Dead film, at least with Raimi at the helm, seems all but impossible now.